Indian River Genealogical Society


Welcome to our Indian River Genealogical Society (IRGS) web site

Coming Soon

The 2015 Valentine Genealogy Seminar
Saturday, February 7, 2015
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Richardson Center, IRSC Mueller Campus, Vero Beach
Featuring Lisa Louise Cooke
(see note below)
Family History Author, Speaker & Media Producer of The Genealogy Gems Podcast
Ultimate Google Search Strategies & Tips
Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers
Time Travel with Google Earth
How to Reopen and Work a Genealogical Cold Case
This seminar is being sponsored by the Indian River Genealogical Society,  the Brevard Genealogical Society, the Genealogical Society of South Brevard and theTreasure Coast Genealogical Society.  Registration for members of these societies opens December 1, 2014.  Registrations from the general public who are not members will be accepted beginning January 1, 2015 on a space-available basis.

Next IRGS Meeting

Tuesday - January 13, 2015
9:30 am
"Trace Your Ancestry and Find Relatives Using Your DNA"
Presenter: Larry Vick 
Larry Vick is the librarian for the Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County (GSPBC) in West Palm Beach and is a member of the GSPBC board of directors. Mr. Vick is the administrator of the VICK and Allied Families DNA Project and a member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG).

Indian River County FL Obituary Index

Our Indian River County Obituary index is now updated to include listings through September 2014.  It now contains more than 98,700 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

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.

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.