Indian River Genealogical Society


Welcome to our Indian River Genealogical Society (IRGS) web site
You will find updates on many of our recent IRGS activities here.

2015 Family History Expo

  • Enjoy Family History around the world with our Polish, Swedish, Irish an German Genealogy Interest Group displays.
  • Spend a few moments with an IRGS member who will show you how to begin your family search.
  • Visit our children's display to find creative ways too engage their interest.
  • Discover the family history treasures within the IRC Library Genealogy Department
  • Free Genealogy Instruction Seminars
  • Lineage Society Displays
  • Technology Table
  • And More!
October 3, 2015 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, McAfee Hall
520 Royal Palm Blvd, Vero Beach, FL 32960
October 4, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Indian River County Main Library
2nd Floor Genealogy Department
1600 21st Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Next IRGS Meeting

Tuesday - October 13, 2015
9:30 AM to Noon
Remember the Ladies!
The Indian River Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the program topic for the regular monthly meeting on October 13, 2015. The meeting is to be held in the first floor meeting room at the Indian River County Main Library, 1600 21st Street, Vero Beach. The business meeting convenes at 9:30 AM, followed by light refreshments. The featured lecture, begins at 10:30 AM . This meeting is free and open to the public.  
Pamela J. Cooper, Genealogist, Lecturer and Librarian, has been the supervisor of the Archive Center and Genealogy Department in Vero Beach since 1986. She built the genealogy department collection from 250 titles to over 30,000 titles of materials from around the world. The Archive Center is a rich resource for Florida and Indian River County history. Mrs. Cooper has served in many capacities on local, state and national genealogical societies and organizations, plus she has received various awards for her work.
The subject of Mrs. Cooper’s lecture is Remember the Ladies! It is incredible and inexcusable that women have been overlooked or literally deprived of telling their stories over the centuries. Half of our ancestors were women and tracing females can be difficult and challenging. Your research requires creativity and patience when searching for records of the female line. The laws and customs of the time-period determine the location and existence of the records. It is time to reveal the “feme covert”—the “covered woman.”

The Martha Dodd Scholarship

IRGS offers a $300.00 annual scholarship to one member of IRGS to help with genealogy research and education. There will be one reward per year. Deadline for submitting an application is October 31.   A scholarship committee, composed of IRGS members, will review the applications anonymously.

Support IRGS when you shop at Amazon

Now you can help support the work of the Indian River Genealogical Society when you shop at Amazon.   Just click the "Get Started" button and log in as you always do to shop at Amazon.  Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to IRGS.  Thanks for your spport!
The Indian River Genealogical Society Inc

RootsTech 2015 Videos

RootsTech, the largest genealogy conferences in the world, took place Feb  11-14  in Salt Lake City.   Even though we were not in Salt Lake City, we can still take advantage of several FREE sessions, including the Keynote Addresses and selected classes.  
To watch the videos, CLICK ON THIS LINK.
You can also downloand the syllabi for many of the sessions at this link.

2015 - 2016 Meeting Handouts

"Listen the the Land: Understanding Your Ancestors' Property Records" -  a presentation by presented by Amy Giroux at our September 8 meeting. A copy of the handout is available in the Members Only area under Member Resources - 2015-2016 Meeting Handouts.
Some Helpful Resources in Getting Started with Evernote for Genealogy - a presentation by Bob Inhoff at our May 12 meeting.  Download a copy here.   Also pdf copy of slides introducing Evernote
What Can Your Ancestor’s Religion Reveal About Them? a presentation by Debra Fleming at our April 14 meeting.   A copy of the handout is available in the Members Only area under Member Resources - 2014-2015 Meeting Handouts.
All Rise! Researching at the County Court House -  a presentation by Clyde Stickney at our March 10 meeting.   A copy of the slides used in the presentation are available in the Members Only area under Member Resources - 2014-2015 Meeting Handouts.
They Came by the Millions: Immigration to the USA from 1880 to 1924, a presentation by Mark Fearer at our February 10, 2015 meeting.    A copy of the handout is available in the Members Only area under Member Resources - 2014-2015 Meeting Handouts. 
Trace Your Ancestry and Find Relatives using your DNA - a presentation by Larry Vick at our January 13 meeting.   A copy of the slides used in the presentation are available in the Members Only area under Member Resources - 2014-2015 Meeting Handouts.

Indian River County FL Obituary Index

Our Indian River County Obituary index is now updated to include listings through December 2014.  It now contains more than 101,500 listings.   You can access the index by clicking on the Ind. River Obitiary Index tab on the leflt menu bar or clicking here.
Anyone interested in helping us maintain and expand this index is welcome to join the volunteers at the Genealogy Department at the Indian River Main Library. You can email for more information.

Become a Member

We invite you to join more 300 others who are interested in exploring their family history/   Check here to see the many benefits of membership in IRGS and to see how you, too, can quickly become a member.

New Books in Our Library

We have made it easier to check the listing of the latest additions to our great collection of books in the Genealogy Department of our Indian River County Main Library.
Previously to see the list you needed to log into the Members Only area and download the monthly newsletter. 
Now to view the list, just click on the "Library" tab on the left.
Click on "New Books in our Library" and you are on the way.  Updated July 16, 2014

Upcoming Regional Meetings

The Calendar of the Florida State Genealogical Society has a comprehensive list of upcoming genealogy programs and special events throughout our state.    Click here for a direct link to the FSGS Calendar.

Genealogy Blogs

A great way to keep current with genealogy news is to follow the blog posts of experienced genealogists.   Check out these links to Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems, Jim Tanner's Genealogy's Star as well as other popular blogs.
Do you have a favorite popular genealogy blog that you would suggest for our list?   Please send your suggestions to along with the link to the blog.

What's New

Indian River County Obituary Index
This index contains more than 98,700 names for obituaries appearing in Indian River County, Florida newspapers from 1913 through September 2014. Microfilm copies of of the newspapers are available at the Indian River Main Library in Vero Beach, FL.   Go to the obituary index.
Surname Database
Visit our revised Surname database listing  hundreds of surnames which are being researched by current IRGS members.  With this new feature, individuals interested in making an inquiry can send an email directly to the member who is researching the name.  The member's name and email address are not visible to the person making the inquiry.
IRGS members can download instructions for adding, changing, or deleting surnames.
Newsletter Index
Members can now access an index to the Indian River Genealogical Society Newsletter.  Go to the Members Only tab.  Click on the second item "Newsletter Index".    You can access issues from 2007 forward in the Members Only section.  Earlier issues are located in the Genealogy Department at the Indian River Main Library.   We apprecaite the dilligent efforts of Aurie W. Morrison in making this index possible.