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ZOOM Meeting Instructions

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. 

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Follow the included link to a new web page in the WVGS web site. This page contains links to several other web pages containing “How To” videos. This is an ongoing project. If you have a favorite web site that is similar to those included here, send me a link and I will check it out.

You can use he included link or browse to the WVGS web site and on the menu found in the left hand column scroll down to “RESEARCH LINKS”, under this section find the new section “YouTube Genealogy How to Video Links”


What is PERSI? A Quick Explainer for Genealogists

Video #1

Video #2

PERSI, at Allen County Public Library

“Where Did They Come From?

Where Did They Go?

An Overview of Institutional Records  

June 12, 2023

Public Meeting at Vigo County Library

Online Via ZOOM 6:00 p.m.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

By Katharine Andrew

Katharine Korte Andre is from Chicago, IL.  She has been doing genealogical research since she was a child and specializes in German-speaking, New England, Midwest, and Quaker genealogy, as well as finding elusive female ancestors and researching ancestors in residential institutions.  She is the Director of the Hinsdale Historical Society in Hinsdale, DuPage County, Illinois and Managing Editor of the National Genealogy Society’s Monthly publication.

She holds a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BA in Political Science and Germanic Studies, summa cum laud with a minor in history, from the University of Illinois in Chicago.  She is active on Twitter as @kka_genealogy.

Our Ancestors, like all of us, had their strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures.  They may have been pillars of the community or lived on the fringes of society, or have been healthy their entire lives or battled disease.  Orphanages, asylums, maternity homes, sanitariums, penitentiaries, and more institutions were some of the first and last places our ancestors may have spent their lives.  In this webinar, we will cover the different types of records these institutions created, what they can tell us about our ancestors, and where we may be able to find them.

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

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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