Indian River Genealogical Society


Welcome to our Indian River Genealogical Society (IRGS) website.
You will find updates on many of our recent IRGS 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 14, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Speaker: Rev. David McDonald, DMin, CG
"Church and Religious Records: Their Use in Genealogical Research"
David McDonald has nearly 40 years' research experience and his genealogy practice
focuses on churches and their records, migration, and the states of the old Northwest Territory.
He is a frequent lecturer at national, state, and local genealogical conferences.
This meeting will be held in the large meeting room, 1st floor, Indian River County Main Library.

October - Family History Month

At its meeting on October 17, 2017 the Indian River County Commissioners
recognized the Indian River Genealogical Society and designated the month
of October as Indian River County Family History Month.

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.    
November 14, 2017    "Church and Religious Records: Their Use in Genealogical Research"  Speaker Rev. David McDonald, DMin, CG will present his popular Ancestry Academy topic.  This lecture includes how to use church records as substitutues for vital records. You will also learn why the records are created, how you can use them effectively in your research, and how they may give you clues for additional reasearch.
December 12, 2017     Our annual meeting (including election of officers for 2018) and holiday celebration. This month is always special as we make time to spend with each other and share stories about family traditions, mementos and keepsakes that have been passed down through the years.   
January 9, 2018         "Eight Steps to Preserving Your Photographs"  Speaker Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective via a live webinar.  Learn photo preservation basics from storage to labeling and everything in between.      
February 13, 2018      "Timing is Everything! Have You Timed Your Ancestor?" Speaker Pamela J. Cooper, retired librarian, historian, genealogist and lecturer. Learn how timelines can enhance your genealogical research.                 

Click here to Register Online

Save the Date!!

2018 Valentine Genealogy Seminar
February 17, 2018
Registration opens November 1st, 2017
For more information, email

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Indian River Obituary Index Update

The Indian River County (Florida) Obituary Index is current as of the last day of each month and now contains more than 110,700 names.   Search the index and find out how you can access copies of obituaries at this link.
Anyone interested in helping us maintain and expand this index is welcome to join the volunteers at the Genealogy Department at the Indian River Main Library. You can email for more information.

New Books in Our Library

Books are being added frequently to the great collection in the Genealogy Department of our Indian River County Main Library.
Check the online library catalog, or visit the Genealogy Department on the second floor of the IRC Main Library and inquire at the Genealogy Department's volunteer help desk.

Upcoming Regional Meetings

The Calendar of the Florida State Genealogical Society has a comprehensive list of upcoming genealogy programs and special events throughout our state.    Click here for a direct link to the FSGS Calendar.

RootsTech 2017

RootsTech, the largest genealogy conferences in the world, was held February 8-11, 2017  in Salt Lake City.   Even though we were not in Salt Lake City, we can still take advantage of several FREE sessions, including the Keynote Addresses and selected classes.
To access the recorded sessions, CLICK HERE to go to the RootsTech Home Page - and Scroll Down.  Just below "Did You Miss a Session?" you will see the four days.  Click on one of the days to see the videos availalbe.   Lick on one of the video pictures to view.

Genealogy Blogs

A great way to keep current with genealogy news is to follow the blog posts of experienced genealogists.   Check out these links 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.

Other Features

Indian River County Obituary Index
This index contains more than 110,700 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.