Upcoming events

    • 06 Jan 2021
    • (EST)
    • 01 Dec 2021
    • (EST)
    • 12 sessions
    • Virtual via ZOOM

    WVGS Board Meeting 2021

    1st Wednesday of the Month 


        6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

      Virtual via ZOOM

    WVGS members are welcome to attend.

    • 24 Apr 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Indianapolis Liederkranz 1417 E. Washington St., Indianapolis

    Palatines to America, 

    Indiana Chapter

    Spring Meeting

    April 24, 2021

    9:45 AM – 4:00 PM [EDT]

    Virtual via Zoom

    Featured Speaker: James Beidler

    Topic 1— Pennsylvania’s Launching Pads into the Midwest o Many Midwestern families spent a generation or more in Pennsylvania before migrating throughout the region as it grew in the 1800s. Hear details on major spots they came from in—and routes they took from—the Keystone State.

    Topic 2— Researching German Families in Pennsylvania o Applying genealogical basics to the peculiarity of searching for the rich records relating to America’s first large ethnic minority population – especially highlighting church registers and immigration documents – as well as the Second Wave Germans who joined them in Pennsylvania.

    Topic 3— Digging Pennsylvania Roots from Your Desktop o It’s estimated that one in four Americans has “Keystone State” roots. Much Pennsylvania research – from church records to land documents to courthouse filings – can be done remotely. Learn to get much of your genealogy done without setting foot in Pennsylvania by using FamilySearch,, Pennsylvania State Archives and other sites

    Topic 4— Go with the Flow: Finding All the Newspapers You Need! o There’s been a huge increase in accessibility of newspapers to genealogists due to digitization but keeping up with the many services—ranging from free to paid to publisher-sponsored sites—offering content is difficult. Learn the ebb and flow of finding historical newspapers onand offline, as well as finding and utilizing other newspaper resources such as abstracts and clipping files, and learn through a couple of case studies _________________________________________________________

    • 08 May 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Virtual DNA Workshop

    Presented by the

    Central Indiana DNA Interest Group and the Indiana State Library

    Saturday, May 8, 2021 ● 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

    This free virtual workshop focuses on using various DNA tools to understand how you are connected to your DNA matches. Speakers from the Central Indiana DNA Interest Group will cover topics on understanding genetic genealogy, reviewing DNA results; comparing shared matches; building family trees based upon DNA matches; and using various DNA tools to analyze matches. Using the Zoom Chat feature, attendees will be able to submit questions during the sessions and during the panel discussion at the end of the program.

    Register at:

    Beginner to Intermediate levels.

    Session Information:

    Session 1: Your DNA Test Results Arrived – What’s My Next Step?

    Speaker: Denise Anderson-Decina

    Description: This session will include an overview of genetic genealogy: autosomal DNA test results, match lists, ethnicity estimates, and tools to help you understand how you are connected to your matches.

    Session 2: Shared Matches and Genetic Networks

    Speaker: Andrea Ackerman

    Description: This session will focus on using the shared matches tool to organize your matches, verify ancestral lines, and solve recent unknown parentage and distant ancestral mysteries.

    Session 3: Ancestry Tools: Putting it all Together in Your Family Trees

    Speaker: Angela Guntz

    Description: This session will focus on creating well-documented family trees using Ancestry’s DNA groups, ThruLines, and ethnicity tools, along with traditional genealogical documents to verify relationships.

    • 10 May 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom, On line

    “Dowered and Bound Out: 

    Records of Widows and Orphans”

    Judy Russell

    Monday, May 10, 2021

    Members ONLY

    Widows and orphans have always had a special place in the law.  However, it is not always the place that 21st century researchers might expect.  An orphan in the early days wasn’t a child whose parents had died, but rather a child whose father had died.  The law didn’t care much about the mother.  She was just the widow, entitled to her dower rights and generally not much more.  Learn more of the way that the law treated widows and orphans, and what the records may tell us about them.

    The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree.  She writes, teaches, and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a political science minor from George Washington University and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. 

    She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society and numerous state and regional genealogical societies.  She has written for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (from which she received the 2017 Award of Excellence), the National Genealogical Society Magazine,  the FGS Forum, OnBoard,  and Family Tree Magazine, among other publications.

    On the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the Board of Trustees for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer.  Her award-winning blog is at

    For more Information, e-mail

    This program is FREE to WVGS members. If you are not a member, you may join this meeting and all the following meetings in 2021, by sending $15 per individual, or $20 per family to Wabash Valley Genealogy Society, P O Box 7012, Terre Haute, IN  47802-7012.  If you wish to receive the bi-monthly newsletter by mail, rather than online, it is $25 per individual or $30 per family.   If you wish to pay using Paypal, add $2 to each choice. You can obtain the application, by going to Click on membership.  Watch this site to see more upcoming events or check WVGS Facebook page. Send application at least one week before meeting date.

    • 04 Jun 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 12 Sep 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual