Indian River Genealogical Society

Renewal Time

If you see a red renewal notice when you sign into the website Member Area, your renewal is due or has not yet been recorded.  You can disregard if you have recently paid AND sent a membership form.  Please follow the renewal instructions so membership is properly notified.   We hope to see you at our next social or online. 

Next IRGS Virtual Meeting


We hope to reschedule Thomas MacEntee who had to cancel at the last minute in for our January meeting due to laryngitis.  His handout is posted in Members Area under Videos. 



Tuesday February 8, 2022



Speaker:  Brian Rhinehart


“I Have a Civil War Ancestor…Now What?”  


The Indian River Genealogical Society is pleased to announce Brian Rhinehart as the program speaker at our regular monthly virtual meeting on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.  The program will start at 11:00 am.and is FREE and open to the public. This meeting is virtual and pre-registration is required.  Please check back for the link which will be available the week before the event.  Please address questions to
“Civil War soldiers often left a rich genealogical paper trail.  Many of these records are tucked away at the National Archives in Washington DC.” Rhinehart will share what records are available for your ancestors only at the National Archives, what records are online already, and how to access all of them. “These records may unlock some of the family stories that have been forgotten over time, as well as break down a brick wall or two!,” Rhinehart said.
Brian Rhinehart is a professional genealogist and speaker and is the owner of  He is a graduate of Boston University’s Certificate of Genealogy Research and the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (GenFed) in Washington DC.  A direct descendant of six Civil War soldiers, Brian specializes in research and record retrieval for Civil War and War of 1812 soldiers at the National Archives in Washington DC and has retrieved military files for hundreds of clients there.

February Outdoor Social

 Let's Do It Again!!
 Outdoor Social on Friday, February 4, 2022 starting at 11am
Please bring your lunch and a chair.
Come talk genealogy with friends.
  Laura (Riding) Jackson Historic Home and Pole Barn
  6155 College Lane, Vero Beach, FL (Indian River State College Campus
  (behind the left side of the Brackett Library)
It was great to see each other in person!
We ask unvaccinated to mask, otherwise masks are optional. 














The DNA GIG will meet virtually on Thursday, January 20th at 2pm via Zoom.  The group will be looking at various resources to help with the learning curve involved with using DNA for genealogical research.


The Swedish GIG will restart in the Library History Room in-person on Thursday, January 20th at 10:30am until 12:30. Welcome back everyone!


The Write LIfe group will begin virtually on Thursday, January 27th at 1:30 pm. 


The Mid-Atlantic States GIG will meet virtually on Friday January 28th at 2pm via Zoom.  The presentation will discuss researching in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.


The Irish GIG will meet virtually on Saturday, February 5th 2022 at 2pm. Topic TBD.


The German GIG will meet virtually on Thursday, February 10th, at 3:30 pm via Zoom. Topic TBD.

Contact the GIG leaders to join or email to be added to a GIG distribution (please specify which GIG)  The GIGs welcome new members!  We ask all GIG members maintain an active IRGS membership.

Beginner's Introduction to DNA

We invite anyone interested in learning more about the basics of DNA testing and analysis to review the following video prepared by our DNA Genealogy Interest Group Leader, Janet Hunter.
We encourage you to join our DNA GIG by becoming a member of our society to view additional educational videos of our past meetings.

February 7th Class


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