TERRE HAUTE -- The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society (WVGS) will present a special program Saturday, April 18, in the Vigo County Public Library, as former Terre Haute resident Jan Aikman Dickson will speak.
She will discuss the Draper Manuscripts and Researching early Indiana Pioneers (and what's involved in joining the Society of Indiana Pioneers).
The event will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m.
The Draper Manuscripts, collected by Lyman C. Draper, contain first-hand accounts from men and women involved in the American frontier, including Draper's own notes on his interviews with Western Pioneers and their descendants.
The collection as a whole is varied and includes correspondence, interview notes, extracts from newspapers, muster rolls, transcripts of official documents and more.
Learning how to access and use the documents will assists many genealogists in research.
The Society of Indiana Pioneers was established in 1916.
The idea was to organize a society composed of people who were descendants of early settlers in Indiana and the pioneers who opened the state to civilization.
There are four membership classes available in the Society of Indiana Pioneers, and each will be discussed, along with the requirements for each class.
Assistance will be provided for those interested in applying for membership.
The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society's public program for May will take place Monday, May 11, in the Vigo County Public Library, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Betty Warren, a certified genealogist and past president of the Indiana Genealogical Society will discuss "Where Did I Find That Record?"
Many suggestions and tips on the proper way to document genealogy research will be discussed as well.
Both events are open to the public with no charge to attend.
Refreshments will be available.
For more information on the events, or other upcoming programs, visit the organization's website at www.inwvgs.org or call Tom Isbell, WVGS President, at 1-812-894-2404 or e-mail Thomas.firstname.lastname@example.org
WVGS was established in July 2004 and presently has 170 members. Along with public programs that are offered, there are also educational programs, research tips, beginner classes, special interest groups and legacy user classes.