Indian River Genealogical Society

February 20th Genealogy Conference

Saturday, February 20, 2021 
10 AM –  4 PM
 Early Colonial Immigration
Boston   -    David Allen Lambert of NEHGS  will be discussing immigration to New England during the Great Migration of 1620 to 1640. This lecture will focus on the historical context of the Great Migration and will explore the primary and published resources that exist, including passenger lists, embarkation cords, alternative resources, etc.
Philadelphia    -    Sydney F. Cruice Dixon,  a professional genealogist, writer and national lecturer, will explore the various waves of immigrants to Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. It will look at the immigration patterns of the different ethnic groups: Dutch, Swedes, English, German, etc., and track how their religious practices left valuable records to aid in researching their travels. It will discuss strategies for finding passenger lists and naturalization records. Various Philadelphia research resources will be discussed - revealing both online and in person genealogy resources.
The event includes a Pre-event workshop on Saturday February 6th to help prepare for the seminar.
Members will receive an email for pre-registration. (free to all IRGS members)
For non-members:  go to to complete a registration form. The fee is $25 and includes a one year membership to IRGS.  Deadline January 31, 2021.
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Tuesday February 9, 2021


Forensic Genealogy

Speaker:  Melinde Lutz Byrne




  Melinde Lutz Byrne is the program speaker at our monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.  Melinde will speak at 11:00 am followed by a brief business meeting. 
An anthropologist and archivist by training, Melinde holds certificates in forensic facial reconstruction, gravestone cleaning, non-profit management, and digital design.  She began her career as a genealogist in 1976 when her mother-in-law disclosed there were twins and triplets in the family! She was elected a fellow of the American Society of Genealogists in 1993 based on the quality and quantity of her published work and is its former president.  In 1992 she worked with Thomas Roderick, Mary Claire King, and Robert Charles Anderson on mitochondrial DNA lineages, assembling umbilical lines for as many as twenty-three generations. In 2008 Melinde designed the graduate level Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate Program, hired thirty-two staff members and taught its forensic module until 2019.  In 2019 she became Director of Genealogy for Bode Technology, and celebrated 100 sexual assault, murder, or unknown dead cases in July 2020.
This meeting will occur as a webinar only and pre-registration is required.  IRGS members will receive an email from IRGS in February with a link and instructions on how to register for the webinar and how to access from your home computer or smart phone.  Non-member guests can request a complimentary registration link from

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The DNA GIG will meet Thursday January 21, at 2pm via Zoom. The discussion will be on using the Leed's Method for sorting DNA matches. The activity has been posted under the Members DNA GIG gallery.  Each GIG member will share their results and observations.
The IRISH GIG will meet Wednesday February 3, at 2pm via Zoom.
The GERMAN GIG will meet Thursday February 11, at 3:30 pm via Zoom.  The topic will be 
- Exploring German Maps - Explore German maps with a focus on Meyers Gazetteer, Rumsey Maps, and other sources for historic German maps. Learn how geography can help us with our research.
Contact the GIG leaders to join or email to be added to a GIG distribution (please specify which GIG)  The GIGs welcome new members!

Please Note

Since we are holding virtual webinars during the pandemic,  we are unable to present or vote on our financial reports and minutes. Therefore we are posting these reports under Members Only Member Resources with the Title beginning with "Pandemic" for each report type. Please feel free to review these reports and direct questions to
For any report requiring approval of the membership, we will vote retroactively once our regular meetings resume.  Thank you.

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