Indian River Genealogical Society


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

Become a Member

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.
Access to video and handouts of April 9, 2019 webinar with Thomas MacEntee are now available to members (under Videos)
Get access to over 68 links to presentations under our GIGs (members only) - most recently a link to a Blaine Bettinger video on Ancestry's Thru-Lines.

Next IRGS General Meeting

May 14, 2019
10:00am - 12:00pm
Speaker: Donna Moughty
"What's the Plan?"
Donna Moughty, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild, is a researcher, lecturer and blogger on topics including methodology, internet, Irish research and computer topics. She is the author of the Quick Reference Guides for Irish Research and conducts Irish research trips each year.
You’re ready to research! When you sit down at your computer do you just open up a database and  type in a name? If so, you’re probably just surfing rather than researching. Learn how to develop a research plan.
This meeting will take place in the large meeting room, 1st floor, Indian River County Main Library, 1600 21st Street, Vero Beach, Florida.  The public is welcome! Please join us.

Introduction to Genealogy Class

Are you curious about how to get started researching your ancestors? Try this 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 getting 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.
No classes currently scheduled for April.
These classes are generally held monthly; no December class. 
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 at the Main Library.

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.  It's so easy!  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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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.

Genealogy Blogs

A great way to keep current with genealogy news is to follow the blog posts of experienced genealogists.   Check out the links tab on our home page to Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems, Jim Tanner's Genealogy's Star as well as other popular blogs.
Check out January 2019 Tech Tips in our main index for more great suggestions on managing genealogy blogs, including some favorites.
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.