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October 27, 2013

DNA and genealogy topic of Nov. 5 program

The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society will be offering a presentation on “Using DNA to Enhance Genealogical Research” on Nov. 5. The program will be presented by Tim Phipps and will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the lower level conference rooms of the Vigo County Public Library. Doors open at 6.

The presentation will explore how DNA testing can further enhance traditional methods of family research, complimenting the established guidelines for constructing a well documented family pedigree. A basic layman’s introduction to the benefits and limitations of DNA testing will be given along with a detailed case study demonstrating the usage of DNA to overcome genealogical brick walls.

 A third generation native of Terre Haute, Phipps works at Sony DADC.  Although his employment career has been in business, he has a degree in history with graduate studies concentrated in American religious history. Since the late 1990s, he has been researching the genealogy and history of his family, having spent several years focused on the history of the Civil War era in and around Parke County, where his family settled in the 1830s.

Phipps has given past presentations to: the WVGS in September 2009 titled “John G. Davis and the Democrat Club of Parke County, Indiana”; to the Indiana Association of Historians Civil War study group; and to the Parke County Historical Society in 2013 on the topic of “Civil War Activity in Parke County.”  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.

The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society has monthly programs, workshops, trips, webinars and other educational events to help genealogists with their research. A beginner’s genealogy workshop is scheduled annually for those who would like to know more about genealogy. Additionally, the Society offers a regular course on the use of the genealogy computer program, Legacy. Most meetings take place at the library, and new members and guests are always welcome. For more information regarding the society visit or call 765-569-5935.

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