Indian River Genealogical Society


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Next IRGS Meeting



Tuesday March 12, 2024

IRC North County Library's Multimedia Room, Sebastian

10:30-11:00 am Social

11am-12:30 Business/Program



From California to Virginia: Confirming the Emigrant Ancestor

with a Paper Trail and Y-DNA

Speaker:  Diana Elder

Join the Indian River Genealogical Society’s free monthly educational program in Sebastian with Diana Elder on The Emigrant Ancestor with a Paper Trail from California to Virginia presented on March 12, 2024 at the North County Library. An in person social begins at 10:30 AM. The program via Zoom will be held from 11 AM. -12:30 PM.


The program is free and open to the public.


We look forward to seeing many of our members and friends at the meeting but understand that some will not be able to attend in person.  For those who choose to join virtually, please register for the event using this link:

Speaker Bio: Diana Elder is a professional genealogist and the author of the bestselling book Research Like A Pro: A Genealogist's Guide and creator of the "Research Like a Pro" Study Group and e-Course. Diana co-hosts the Research Like a Pro genealogy Podcast with her daughter, Nicole Dyer, and writes regular articles on their website,
She has more than 20 years of research experience and holds a credential for genealogy research through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). Diana is Accredited in the United States Gulf South Region and serves as a Commissioner for ICAPGen.  Diana graduated from Brigham Young University Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Education. 
Please address questions to

Indian River Genealogy Conference

Our History: Your Story
Saturday, March 23, 2024
   FREE and OPEN to the public. 
   The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
   3980 12th Street, Vero Beach     
Join us for a fun day of learning. 
All skill levels are welcome!

Check out our new 2023 - 2024 brochure!



The new Scandinavian GIG will meet on Monday March 4th at 10:30 am in the History Room at the IRC Main Library.


The Irish GIG will meet on Tuesday March 5th at 2:00 pm in the History Room at the IRC Main Library.


The Write Life group will meet twice, first on Thursday March 14th at 1:30 pm and again on Thursday March 28th  at 1:30 pm.  Both meetings are virtual. Newcomers are welcome to observe a meeting to see if the group is a good fit. No writing experience necessary. Write Life is a community collaboration of IRGS and the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation.

The DNA GIG will take a break in March but return in April.


The FamilySearch GIG will meet on Thursday March 14th at 4:30 pm.  This meeting will focus on doing Scandinavian Research on FamilySearch.  Particpants can attend virtually or in person at the Vero Beach LDS FamilySearch Center.


The new Scottish GIG will meet on Monday March 18th at 10:30 am in the History Room at the IRC Main Library.



Contact the GIG leaders to join or email to be added to a GIG distribution (please specify which GIG)  The GIGs welcome new members!  We ask all GIG members maintain an active IRGS membership.


Beginner's Introduction to DNA

We invite anyone interested in learning more about the basics of DNA testing and analysis to review the following video prepared by our DNA Genealogy Interest Group Leader, Janet Hunter.
We encourage you to join our DNA GIG by becoming a member of our society to view additional educational videos of our past meetings.

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