TERRE HAUTE -- During the regular meeting of the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society Monday, Jan. 9, Tim Phipps will present, "Family History in the Civil War Era."
The program is open to the public and will take place at the Vigo County Public Library, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m.
The program will explore available records beyond pension files and muster rolls and will introduce and discuss the social and political conflicts that characterized life between our ancestral neighbors on the northern home front in the Midwest during the American Civil War.
A third generation native of Terre Haute, Phipps works at Sony DADC and previously worked for General Housewares Corp. Although his employment career has been in business, he has a degree in history and his graduate studies were concentrated in American religious history.
Since the late 1990s, he has been researching the genealogy and history of his family and has spent several years focused on the history of the Civil War era in and around Parke County, where his family settled in the 1830s.
In September 2009, Phipps made a presentation on, "John G. Davis and the Democrat Club of Parke County, Indiana," to the Indiana Association of Historians Civil War Study Group.
His current writing projects include a paper on the early Civil War volunteer trends in Parke County and an eventual book about the Sugar Creek community of Parke County during the Civil War.