Indian River Genealogical Society

Welcome!


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


Registration Now Open!!


The 2017 Valentine Genealogy Seminar will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church, Vero Beach, Florida.
 
Featuring Judy G. Russell, "The Legal Genealogist" presenting Finding the Law, Where There Is - Or Isn't - a Will, NARA Mythbusters: Your Family IS in the Archives, How Old Did He Have To Be...?
 
 
Questions?  Email seminar @irgs.org or call 772-444-7470. 
 
 
 
 




Next IRGS General Meeting


Tuesday, December 13, 2016
9:30 am - 12:00 noon
 
 
The Cemeteries of Indian River County Revisited
 
 
Presented by Bob Satola, IRGS Past President

The cemeteries of Indian River County mirror the personality of our communities. They remind us of our past through the lives of the famous and the not so famous. There are so many tales and much historical data there for our inquisitive minds to gather.
The Indian River Genealogy Society initiated the Cemetery Project in November of 2013 as a few brave souls ventured into the Sebastian Cemetery. Three years later, almost 18,000 interments were identified, photographed and digitized on our website, www.irgs.org. The information is there for all to utilize.
 
We will also elect our officers for 2017, review and adopt our 2017 budget and celebrate the season.


Indian River Obituary Index Update


The Indian River County (Florida) Obituary Index has now been updated through June 2016 and now contains more than 110,700 names.   Search the index and find out how you can access copies of obituaries at this link.
 
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 info@irgs.org for more information.


Thanks to Our IRGS Volunteers


   
 
 
 
Our IRGS Gold Badge - earned for our volunteer support of the National Genealogical Society 2016 Family History Conference, held May 4-7 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.   Thanks to all the IRGS members who attended, and especially to those who volunteered their time.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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


Video of Oct 11 Webinar - Cyndi's List



 
You can view the video of our October 11, 2016 webinar, "A Guided Tour of Cyndi's List 2.0 by going to the Members Only Area and selecting the tab "Videos."  Then click on the links to view the video or to download the handout..


2015 - 2016 Meeting Handouts


"There is an App for That" -  a presentation by Donna Moughty at our February 9, 2016 meeting. A copy of the handout is available in the Members Only area under Member Resources - 2015-2016 Meeting Handouts.
 
"Remember the Ladies" -  a presentation by Pam Cooper at our October 13 meeting. A copy of the handout is available in the Members Only area under Member Resources - 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.
 
 


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 info@irgs.org along with the link to the blog.


Other Features


Indian River County Obituary Index
 
This index contains more than 110,700 names for obituaries appearing in Indian River County, Florida newspapers from 1913 through June 2016. 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.