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.

Next IRGS General Meeting

                                                            Tuesday, November 13, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Speaker: Annette Burke Lyttle
"What is Social History and Why Should a Genealogist Care?"
 Social history is the history of ordinary people and how they lived their daily lives.
It seeks to fill in the rich details of the past. Learn how social history can both improve your research skills
and help you understand and tell the stories of your ancestors' lives.
Annette Burke Lyttle owns Hertitage Detective, LLC, providing professional genealogical services
in research, education, and writing. She speaks on a variety of genealogical topics
at the national, state, and local levels and loves helping people uncover and share their family stories. 
Annette is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild,
as well as a number of national, state, and local genealogical societies.
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.
The October classes will  be held October 13, 20, 26. The November classes will be held November 10, 17, 30. 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. 

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.            
September 11, 2018                "Thirty Tools I Have Used to Break Down Brick Walls" 
                                                   Speaker, Bob Inhoff.  
October 9, 2018                      "I Know It's There, But I Just Can't Find It -Debbie's "Secret" Search Strategies"
                                                  Speaker, Debbie Duay
November 13, 2018                 "What is Social History & Why Should a Genealogist Care?"  
                                                   Speaker, Annette Burke Lyttle.  
December 11, 2018                  Annual Meeting followed by "Heirlooms, Keepsakes and Traditions",
                                                  an extended membershare.

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.
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.