Indian River Genealogical Society


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

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We invite you to join more than 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.

Next IRGS General Meeting

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Speaker:  Diahan Southard
'Your DNA Guide'
"Five Tips to Make Sense of Your DNA Testing"
                   Diahan Southard is a lecturer at national and local conferences, and an author of several quick guides on genetic genealogy, a regular contributor to Genealogy Gems, featured writer for Family Tree Magazine, regular contributor to Genealogy Today, as well as many other small writing engagements.
You have had your autosomal DNA tested - now what? Learn in 45 minutes what would take you hours to read about online, and leave armed with enough information to start making your DNA work for you.
This meeting will take place in the large meeting room, 1st floor, Indian River County Main Library.
Diahan Southard will also be presenting another free lecture "DNA & Genealogy" at the Melbourne Public Library the following day, March 14 at 10:00 am.   Sponsored by the Genealogical Society of South Brevard.

Introduction to Genealogy Class

This class for beginning researchers consists of three sessions. Sessions I and II are held in the History Room on the second floor of the Indian River County Main Library. Session III is held in the Genealogy Department on the second floor of the Indian River County Main Library.
Session I is a lecture on gettting started -- how to record and organize your facts; how to search for additional information; how to find and use available resources.
Session II is a lecture and demonstration -- how to find information on the internet and learning to use the library's genealogy department resources.
Session III is a hands-on session using the library's genealogy department computers to search online for your ancestors' records and other information.
The February 2018 class will be held February 10, 17, 23. The March class will be held March 10, 17, 23.  These classes are generally held monthly.
Pre-registration is required. Register by phone: 772-444-7470 or register using the sign-up sheet on the table just outside the Genealogy Department. 

2018 IR Genealogy Conference

The Indian River Genealogical Society and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family History Center are pleased to announce the 2018 Indian River Genealogy Conference. This conference will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse located at 3980 12th Street in Vero Beach, Florida.
In-person registration opens at 8:00 am and is free. Pre-register to have access to conference handouts prior to the conference. (Handouts may be accessed after April 1st.) To pre-register, go to Pre-registration is not required to attend but is encouraged.
The conference schedule includes four concurrent classes during each of five 1-hour sessions. The classes are appropriate for beginning to advanced family historians. One-on-one consultations to help understand DNA testing will be available as well as personal assistance in the Family History Center. More than a dozen exhibitors, door prizes, and material from a variety of organizations will be present in the exhibit hall.
The program for the day can be viewed here. The speakers' biographies are available here.
For more information, email or find us on Facebook at

Upcoming General Meetings

We meet monthly (September through May) on the second Tuesday of the month at the Indian River County Main Library in Vero Beach, Florida. The meetings begin at 10:00 am. A program/speaker follows at 11:00 am.  Meetings are open to the public and free of charge.            
March 13, 2018           "Five Tips to Make Sense of Your DNA Testing" Speaker Diahan Southard "Your DNA Guide". So you have had your autosomal DNA tested - now what?! Come learn in 45 minutes what would take you hours to read about online, and leave armed with enough information to start making your DNA work for you.
April 10, 2018             "Transcriptions, Abstracts and Extracts" Speaker Sandra McKenny. Learn the differences in the three, and why we should consider transcribing a project or treasure when we find one. Learn the types of materials and how to acquire them, plus tips, tricks, hazards and examples.
May 8, 2018                "Building a Research Toolbox" Speaker Thomas MacEntee via a live webinar. Participants will learn not only some of the most important online resources for genealogical research, but also how to organize these resources into an easy-to-access and portable virtual toolbox.

RootsTech 2018

RootsTech, the largest genealogy conferences in the world, meets in Salt Lake City February 28 - March 3, 2018.   Even though we are not in Salt Lake City, we can still take advantage of several FREE sessions, including the Keynote Addresses and selected classes througj live-streaming.
To access the live stream schedule, CLICK HERE.  You can access the RootsTech home page by clicking on the RootsTech logo above.

Installation of Officers for 2018

At our December 12, 2017 Annual Meeting, the officers for 2018 were installed by Pete Kersey during an entertaining and witty ceremony.

Left to right: Sue Neale - Treasurer, Pat Burdsall - Secretary                                                      
Marilyn Case - Vice President, Debbie Garber - President                                                           
Bob Satola (left) being installed
as Past President by Pete Kersey
photo credit: Pamela J. Cooper

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 support!
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New Books in Our Library

Books are being added frequently to the great collection in the Genealogy Department of our Indian River County Main Library.
Check the online library catalog, or visit the Genealogy Department on the second floor of the IRC Main Library and inquire at the Genealogy Department's volunteer help desk.

Other Features

Indian River County Obituary Index
This index contains more than 118,000 names for obituaries appearing in Indian River County, Florida newspapers from 1913 through the present. 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 appreciate the diligent 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.

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.