Welcome to our Indian River Genealogical Society (IRGS) web site.
IRGS 30th Anniversary Photos
IRGS members celebrated their 30th Anniversary on Tuesday, April 9.
Shown here are Pam Cooper, Alma Lee Loy and Tony Young.
Click on the picture or on the "IRGS 30th Anniversary" green button to the left to view a slide show of the day.
IRGS Celebrates 30 Years
On Tuesday the City of Vero Beach and the Indian River County Board of Commissioners both issued proclamations of April 9, 2013 as Indian River Genealogical Society Day
Pictured here are Joy Eakin, Pam Cooper, Bob Satola and Sharron Robertson with the Indian River County Commissioners.
Also Tony Young, Judy Youngerman, Pete Kersey and Dave Gorman with the Vero Beach city officials.
Next IRGS Meeting
Tuesday - September 10, 2013
Indian River Main Library
Topic to be announced
2013 Valentine Seminar
More than 140 people attended the 2013 Valentine Genealogy Seminar, held on February 9. Sponsored by the Brevard Genealogical Society, Genealogical Society of South Brevard, Indian River Genealogical Society, Treasure Coast Genealogical Society, the featured speaker was James Tanner, author of The Guide to Family Search Online. Jim is also the author of the popular genealogy blog, Genealogy's Star.
Jim Tanner's Genealogy's Star Blog
On Sunday, March 3 Jim Tanner (see below) wrote a blog post titled "What Will Happen to Your Genealogy Files When You Die?"
In his post he mentions the IRGS and how one of our members was able to save some family research papers from the trash bin. You can click on the title of the blog post above to read the full article.
You may also want to check out the article on Genealogy Blogs below as well as the links to some Genealogy Blogs in our links tab on the left side of the page.
March and February Meeting Handouts
Debbie Duay's handout "Finding Your Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestor" from the March IRGS General Meeting is now available in the Members Only area. Look for Member Resources -> Meeting Handouts. Debbie Duay's website is http://learnwebskills.com
Jim Tanner's handout for his presentation "An Introduction to FamilySearch Family Tree" at the February IRGS General Meeting is also available in the Members Only area. Look for Member Resources -> Meeting Handouts.
If you are interested in learning more about FamilySearch Family Tree, please check out the new resource page located in the Members Only Area -> FamilySearch Family Tree. We have also started an IRGS Forum topic where you can comment or ask questions. Please check these out.
A great way to keep current with genealogy news is to follow the blog posts of experienced genealogists. Check out these links
to 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 you suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org along with the link to the blog.
You can click on the image to open the magazine.
There are many interesting articles in the March issue's 70 pages. You "flip" through them like a magazine. You can also register to receive a notice of when new issues of the free magazine are ready.
Become a Member
You can now use PayPal
to join IRGS or to renew your membership.
Indian River County Obituary Index
This index contains more than 80,000 names for obituaries appearing in Indian River County, Florida newspapers from 1913 through 2011. Microfilm copies of of the newspapers are available at the Indian River Main Library in Vero Beach, FL. Go to the obituary index.
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.
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.
Upcoming Regional Meetings