WVGS membership includes access to several prominent genealogy databases. Using the computers in our lab provides free access to millions of images of original records from all over the world. With the pandemic, the companies involved have allowed remote access for our members (at least until December 31 2021).
- MyHeritage.com (permanently available remotely)
- American Ancestors.org (New England Historic Genealogical Society)
- Heritage Quest
If purchased separately the database subscriptions would cost well over $500.
WVGS has an affiliate partnership with FamilySearch.org. Using the computers in our lab provides free access to millions of images of original records from all over the world that can’t be viewed at home.
Access to digitized obituaries from local papers and digitized periodicals from the WVGS collection.
Large Genealogical Library:
Access to a research Library with more than 4,400 square feet of Books, CDs, Periodicals, Maps,
Microfilms and Microfiche. If you want to search our catalog, click HERE.
Classes: (discounted for members):
Previous classes have included help with research methods finding records, using genealogy libraries, genealogy computer programs, DNA, and various other subjects. See the calendar for schedule or the store to sign up. NOTE: During the pandemic, no classes are currently scheduled.
Research Services (free to members):
An extra pair of hands to help you find documents or solve specific problems available from Research Services Group.
Special Interest Groups (SIGs):
The opportunity to meet and talk to other members with Special Interests – German research, DNA, writing your family history, using Family Treemaker and many others.
A private Facebook group for members and other genealogists to ask questions, share stories, and discuss common problems.
Genealogical Research Trips:
Join other members to visit major repositories of genealogical records. Previous trips have included Washington, D.C. (Library of Congress, National Archives and DAR headquarters), the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and Allen County Public Library’s Genealogy Collections (including PERSI).
- Tidbits – WVGS Society news issued monthly.
- Desert Tracker – genealogy and family history articles written by members; a place to try out your writing skills and see the results in print.
- eNews – weekly (sometimes more often) emails to all members with quick headlines about Society events or items of general interest.