Indian River Genealogical Society

Vero Beach Centennial Parade

Thank you to all those who celebrated at the parade Saturday October 26, 2019


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

Next IRGS General Meeting

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Large meeting room, 1st floor, Indian River County Main Library
Speaker: Donna Moughty
"Jumping the Pond:  Finding the Origins of Your Immigrant Ancestor"
The Indian River Genealogical Society is pleased to announce Donna Moughty, as our program speaker at our regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 held at the Indian River County Main Library, 1600 21st Street, Vero Beach.  The business meeting convenes at 10:00 AM, followed by light refreshments and the program.  The meeting is FREE and open to the public.
Donna Moughty has been conducting family research for over 25 years. She teaches and lectures on the Internet, Irish research, methodology and computer topics locally and at national and regional conferences and institutes. In addition, she provides consultations, research assistance and training. 
Donna takes groups to Ireland each year to research and is the author of the Quick Reference Guides for Irish Research.
Before you sail off to your ancestral homeland you need to look at the roots your ancestor planted in America.  Focusing on U.S. resources can give you a real passport to finding your way to the right place and time in the homeland.

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.

2020 Valentine Genealogy Seminar



The 37th Annual Valentine Seminar

Saturday, February 22, 2020 9 am – 4 pm

First Presbyterian Church, Vero Beach, Florida



This year our speaker will be Debra Dudek.

Debra is Head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL. She holds a post graduate certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, and is the author of the World War I Research Guide: Tracing American Military and Non-Combatant Ancestors – Includes a Guide to Canadian Military Research which is available in paperback on

The topics that Debra will be presenting include:

Researching War of 1812 Ancestors

Civil War Genealogy: Tracing the service of Billy Yank and Johnny Reb

Tracing Female Ancestors in WWI Military and Non-Combatant Records

The Diary of Wesley Peever – A World War I Genealogical Mystery


Complimenatry Bagels and Coffee included in the registration


The registration form can be found here.
Questions?  Email seminar 

April 2020 Indian River Genealogy Conference

Save the date!
The Indian River Genealogical Society and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family History Center are pleased to announce the 2020 Indian River Genealogy Conference. This full-day conference will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2020 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. 
The classes are appropriate for beginning to experienced family historians. 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 updated program schedule will be posted here when it becomes available.
For more information, email or find us on Facebook at

Volunteer Opportunity

Here is a project if you would like to help.
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The purpose of the Vero Beach Community Reconstitution Project is to reconstruct the Vero community as it was when it was first formed 100 years ago. Members will use the 1920 US census for Vero, St. Lucie, Florida along with other records to create family groups of the first residents in This project is being done in cooperation with the BYU Linking Labs, Vero Beach FL Family History Center and the Indian River Genealogical Society. A Facebook Group has been established called Vero Beach Community Reconstitution Project - Genealogy HERE. The group is designed to provide guidance and assistance as the project is being developed. Anyone interested in assisting in this project is welcome to request access to this group but participants are not required to join the Facebook group. 
Instructional video #1. This video explains the basics of finding names in the 1920 US Census and adding them to FamilySearch. The video was developed for a similar project in Grangeville, Idaho. To find the correct pages in the 1920 US census you will search for Vero, St. Lucie, Florida.
Instructional video #2. This video discusses how to link other records from various sources to individuals in the project on FamilySearch. If you have historic records of your own or have access to historic archives of Vero consider adding them to these records.
Quick Link to 1920 US census for Vero, St. Lucie, Florida on FamilySearch. 


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 next classes are in January 2020.  The dates are January 11, 18, and 24.  The times are 10am-12Noon.
These classes are generally held monthly; no November or December classes. 
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.  Please register early as the classes may fill quickly.

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.

Rootstech London 2019 Presentation