Indian River Genealogical Society

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P.O. Box 1850
Vero Beach, FL  32961-1850

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Next IRGS Meeting



Tuesday February 14, 2023

11am-12:30pm EST

Speaker:  D. Joshua Taylor

State Archives: Digital Collections and More


Join D. Joshua Taylor for the Indian River Genealogical Society's, February public program, State Archives: Digital Collections and More. The virtual program is free and open to the public with the link beginning at 11 AM on Tuesday, February 14.  D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, FUGA is a nationally known and recognized speaker and author on genealogy and family history. Passionate about the diverse and dynamic field of genealogy, Joshua is the President of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B). He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including RootsTech's Distinguished Presenter Award, the Federation of Genealogical Societies Award of Merit, the Rubincam Youth Award from the National Genealogical Society, and was named as one of Library Journal's Movers and Shakers in 2017. He served the genealogical community as the President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies  (FGS) fro 2013-2016 and was a member of the FGS Board of Directors from 2007-2019. Joshua is the author of numerous articles in American Ancestors, UGA Crossroads, FGS Forum, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, New England Ancestors, and other publications.  In 2013 he authored "The Keane and Sheahan Families of Bridgeport, Connecticut," a study of a family's immigration and life in New England after the Irish famine. He is also a coordinator for courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. In 2022, Joshua was named as a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association for his "distinguished contributions and on-going commitment to the field of genealogy." He holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College and has been a featured genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are? with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kelly Clarkson, Ashley Judd, Reba McEntire, and Rob Lowe. Joshua can also be seen taking America through their past as a host on the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow.

Pre-registration for this program is necessary, using the following link:
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Upcoming 2022-23 Programs
Podcast Interview about IRGS



The Irish GIG will meet virtually on Tuesday February 7th at 2:00pm.  


The DNA GIG will meet virtually on Thursday February 16 at 2pm.  Mike Godown will explain the process he followed to help a DNA match who was adopted.

The Write Life group will meet virtually on the second and fourth Thursday each month at 1:30 pm.   


The FamilySearch GIG will meet on Thursday February 9th at 4pm over Zoom.  We will be covering a variety of topics related to using FamilySearch. Whether you have been using FamilySearch for years or are new to the site, Miles will be able to show you some great hints to make your research time more productive. Use this link to join the GIG meeting at the scheduled time:



The Italian GIG will begin meeting on February 14th at 2pm.  It will be in-person in the IRC Library History Room.



The Midwest States GIG has joined with the new FamilySearch GIG.


The  German GIG and the Swedish GIG have been suspended.


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.

Great News from

The Genealogy Department's research room is now open evenings and weekends!  They will be open the same hours as the Main Library.
Monday, Thursday 10am - 8pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm

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.

Check out our Facebook page to see the latest announcements and suggestions. We post many announcements that come to our society that may not be reported on our website.