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The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society does not accept responsibility for content or views expressed in any article in our publications, program events and website.

The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society serves Clark, Crawford and Edgar in Illinois. Clay, Greene, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo Counties in Indiana. 

What is PERSI? A Quick Explainer for Genealogists

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PERSI, at Allen County Public Library

Early Virginia Land Surveys and Grants with Resources 

By Daniel Ware

April 10, 2023

Public Meeting at Vigo County Library

Online Via ZOOM 6:00 p.m.

Door open at 5:30 p.m.

Learn about early Virginia land surveys and grants. What kind of resources should you refer to when pursuing this subjects? This presentation will explain early Virginia land surveys and grants along with answering any questions you may have about researching this topic. We will look particularly at the land records and surveys of early Virginia and Kentucky that are at the Kentucky Historical Society so that you will know what, where, and how to research if you ever come to KHS to research early land surveys and grants for your ancestor. You will also be walked through online resources that can be vital to this research. We will also learn about what information is dependable online and in physical materials. Most importantly, we will look at the full cycle that goes into the land patent process! First is the warrant, next comes entries, and then the survey. These do not equal a title! Finally, the patent is complete via a grant. You will learn more about these at the presentation. We will also go over different deeds, Kentucky land patents that include Virginia and Old Kentucky Series, and the difference between military and non-military warrants. This presentation will give you the tools to understand the land patent process and the resources available while you are researching early Virginia land surveys and grants for your ancestor!

Daniel has had a passion for genealogy, history, and learning for as long as he can remember. He watches historical documentaries and reads non-fiction history books for the fun of it. Daniel has provided customer service to the public for many years and has combined all his skills and passions together as the genealogy librarian at the Kentucky Historical Society. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History from Georgetown College in 2010 with a minor in history. He then earned his Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky in 2017. He has been a KHS staff member since 2022

If you are not a member, you may join this meeting and all of the following meetings in 2023 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 pay using Paypal, add $2 to each choice.  You can obtain the application by going to www.inwvgs.org.  Click on membership.  Watch this site to see more upcoming events or check WVGS Facebook page.  Send application at least one week before the meeting date.

For this fee, you will be able to obtain assistance from other members when you reach a “brick wall” in your research.  You will also receive a bi-monthly newsletter.  Handouts and recorded videos will be available for periods of time for members only . . . so join to take advantage of the WVGS offerings.

VISITORS are WELCOME and encouraged to join the WVGS (Wabash Valley Genealogical Society) PUBLIC in person and/or ZOOM educational presentations.

If you wish to receive a ZOOM link to a program, email a request to wvgs@inwvgs.org . ZOOM attendance is limited and requests will be considered on a first come basis.

If you attend several programs, you may be encouraged to join WVGS, to help defer the expenses of putting on the educational programs

Genealogy: How to accurately label source materials

By Tammy Dehler

Special to the Tribune-Star     Jul 23, 2022

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WVGS, PO Box 7012, Terre Haute, IN  47802-7012

Have you had the chance to join a ZOOM meeting yet?  Please join us for webinars and genealogy programs; check the website for instructions and download the app.  You can view the presentations in the comfort of your home and favorite chair, ask questions at the end, and chat with other members.  Contact Gary Jones if you have any problems downloading our members only ZOOM connection: webmaster@www.inwvgs.org

     We hope you will remain with WVGS and renew your membership for 2023.  We appreciate your support and input regarding genealogy matters.  If you have any articles and/or old photos you would like to submit to the Newsletter, please send them for the committee to review and add to any upcoming editions.  wvgsnewsletter@gmail.com

    You can pay your memebership dues via postal mail or online with PayPal.  If you have a “recurring account” with PayPal, please check it to make sure you have the correct amount to send; if not, please change the payment amount to the current fee (the increase in billing charges to WVGS).

Add $2.00 to any membership paid online via PayPal to cover their fees.

_  Individual with e-mail account $15.00 / $17.00 if paid by PayPal

_  Individual by postal mail $25.00 (additional fees to cover postal mail fees)

_  Family e-mail $20.00 / $22.00 paid by PayPal (must reside at same address)

_  Family by postal mail $30.00  (must reside at same address)

I will be sending out an email copy of your dues receipt to you.

If you have any questions, please contact Shawn Stoll, Membership Officer at genealogyjunkie22@gmail.com  Please add WVGS Dues to the subject

St. Louis County Library

National Archives Genealogy Series

Free Webinars

10 Rules for Accepting (or Rejecting)

Online Family Tree Hints

Online family tree hints can make it easy to build out your ancestor timelines and add people to your tree. Or they can fill your tree with the wrong relatives and incorrect information. Here are 10 rules for evaluating and using hints.

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Death Certificate 

What are this three of four digit numbers under cause of death? (ICD) International Classification of Diseases (ICD), in medicine, diagnostic tool that is used to classify and monitor causes of injury and death and that maintains information for health analyses, such as the study of mortality (death) and morbidity (illness) trends.

Find more information at:  1900 to present


Link to New Gmail Tools with Genealogy Tasks and Correspondence

Check out the FREE webinars at:  http://www.genealogycenter.org/ 

Quote from Tribune Star Genealogy

"Many of us are home bound now and looking for something new to do. But to many people who more recently started their quest to discover their family history, something old can be something new. In 1997 the first national television series that dealt with family history and genealogy made its debut on PBS.

Entitled “Ancestors,” the series was hosted by Jim and Terry Willard, a husband and wife team of amateur genealogists who were “discovered” by the series producer at a genealogical conference. Alex Haley, the author of Roots, also contributed to the initial program planning. The series consists of twenty-three 30-minute episodes, each covering some aspect of genealogy. Every episode of this series can be viewed online for free through Brigham Young University by using this link"


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Enroll or Renew for 2023

WVGS is participating in the Kroger Community Rewards Program.  Kroger will donor a percentage of purchases made by members and friends who register their Kroger Plus Shopper's Card.  Follow these instructions to help WVGS earn extra money for future projects.

Register your card online at krogercommunityrewards.com.

Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up.

If a member does not yet have a Kroger Plus card, please let them know that they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.

Click on Sign In/Register

Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.

Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions

You will then get a message to check your email in box and click on the link within the body of the email.

Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.

Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.

Update or confirm your information.

Enter NPO number (JH148) or Wabash Valley Genealogy Society, select organization from list and click on confirm.

To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.

 REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).

 Special Note: WVGS's NPO number is JH148. 

Upcoming WVGS events

10 Apr 2023 6:00 PM • Zoom, On line and in person VCPL
08 May 2023 6:00 PM • Zoom, On line and in person VCPL
12 Jun 2023 6:00 PM • Zoom, On line and in person VCPL
10 Jul 2023 6:00 PM • Zoom, On line and in person VCPL
14 Aug 2023 6:00 PM • Zoom, On line and in person VCPL
11 Sep 2023 6:00 PM • Zoom, On line and in person VCPL
09 Oct 2023 6:00 PM • Zoom, On line and in person VCPL
13 Nov 2023 6:00 PM • Zoom, On line and in person VCPL

Upcoming Regional Events


"Preserving The Past, Serving The Present, Promoting The Future"

Wabash Valley Genealogy Society 

Based in Vigo County, Terre Haute, Indiana. Serving Clark, Crawford and Edgar Counties in Illinois.

Clay, Greene, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo in Indiana


P.O. Box 7012

Terre Haute, Indiana 47802-7012


Society Email Address: wvgs@inwvgs.org

President: James Kane      Email: jjpkane@frontier.com

For other WVGS officers and their contact information click on "Contact" above left.

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