Indian River Genealogical Society

Welcome!

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, December 12, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
 
 
 
"Family Heirlooms, Keepsakes and Traditions"
Our annual meeting (including approval of the 2018 budget and election of officers for 2018) and holiday celebration.
Family, friends, and special treats are central to the holiday season!
Following our annual meeting, enjoy holiday goodies as a dozen members of IRGS share a special memento and its meaningful story.
 
This meeting will be held in the large meeting room, 1st floor, Indian River County 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.    
 
 
December 12, 2017     "Family Heirlooms, Keepsakes and Traditions" 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.             
 
March 13, 2018           "Five Tips to Make Sense of Your DNA Testing" Speaker Diahan Southard "Your DNA Guide". So you have had your autosomal DNA tested - now what?! Come learn in 45 minutes what would take you hours to read about online, and leave armed with enough information to start making your DNA work for you.
 
April 10, 2018             "Transcriptions, Abstracts and Extracts" Speaker Sandra McKenny
 
May 8, 2018                "Building a Research Toolbox" Speaker Thomas MacEntee via a live webinar. Participants will learn not only some of the most important online resources for genealogical research, but also how to organize these resources into an easy-to-access and portable virtual toolbox.
 
 
 
 
 


Registration Now Open!!

    2018 Valentine Genealogy Seminar
February 17, 2018
 
Noted researchers, educators and lecturers Rick Sayre and Pamela Boyer Sayre are the speakers at the 2018 Valentine Genealogy Seminar. Their topics that day are Google Earth For Genealogists (a 2-part presentation by Pam and Rick), Land Entry Papers and Records of the General Land Office (presented by Rick), and Rogues and Rascals: Divorced, Litigious or Downright Criminal Relatives! (presented by Pam).
This annual Seminar is once again organized by Indian River Genealogical Society, Brevard Genealogical Society, Genealogical Society of South Brevard, and Treasure Coast Genealogical Society.
 
Registration opens November 1, 2017.
 
You can find a registration form by clicking on the green 2018 Valentine Seminar button on this home page.
 
For more information email seminar@irgs.org 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
Click here to Register Online


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.   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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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.
 
 
 
 
 


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.


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.


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