Indian River Genealogical Society

Welcome!

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, January 8, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
 
 
 
Speaker: Sunny Jane Morton
via live webinar
"Comparing the Genealogy Giants:
Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com and MyHeritage.com"
 
 These "genealogy giants" all provide international audiences with tools and records
for researching family trees online. But which should you use? Learn why you should be familiar
with all four sites; subscription and free access options; and how they compare for historical record content,
family trees and DNA tools. Get insider tips on each site's best features - and cautions and challenges for working with each.
 
 
Sunny Jane Morton is an internationally-known, award-winning writer, editor and speaker.
She is a Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine, where she writes how-to, human interest and industry
news articles and teaches popular courses at Family Tree University.
A popular speaker at events across the country (including RootsTech),
Sunny is especially known for expertise in tracing U.S. ancestors; her unique comparisons
of the industry's largest websites; and inspiring presentations on how to reconstruct and tell meaningful stories from the past.
 
 
 
 
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.


2019 Valentine Genealogy Seminar

  Registration open for the 2019 Valentine Genealogy Seminar
 
Saturday, February 16, 2019 
9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
First Presbyterian Church, Vero Beach, Florida 
 
Noted lecturers Lisa Alzo and Diahan Southard are the speakers at the 2019 Valentine Genealogy Seminar. Lisa Alzo will present "Immigration Cluster Communities, Past, Present & Future" and "Ten Ways to Jumpstart Your Genealogy". Diahan Southard will present "Your Slice of the Pie" and "3 Next Steps for Your DNA Results". 
 
This annual seminar is organized by the Indian River Genealogical Society, Brevard Genealogical Society, Genealogical Society of South Brevard, and Treasure Coast Genealogical Society. 
 
Have questions about the 2019 Valentine Genealogy Seminar? 
Email seminar@irgs.org or call 772-444-7470. 
 
For more information or to download a registration form, click on the green Seminar buttons on the left side of the home page.


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.
 
January classes will be held January 12, 19, and 25. These classes are generally held monthly; no classes in December.
 
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.


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.            
 
 
January 8, 2019                       "Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org,
                                                   Findmypast.com and MyHeritage.com"
                                                  Speaker via live webinar, Sunny Morton  
 
February 12, 2019                   "The Myths of Migration"        
                                                 Speaker, Ann Osisek         
 
March 12, 2019                        "Getting the Most Out of Ancestry"  
                                                  Speaker via live webinar, Christa Cowan   
 
April 9, 2019                             "Building a Research Toolbox"  
                                                   Speaker via live webinar, Thomas MacEntee  
 
May 14, 2019                             "What's the Plan?"   
                                                   Speaker, Donna Moughty
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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 info@irgs.org along with the link to the blog.