Indian River Genealogical Society

Next IRGS General Meeting Webinar




Tuesday November 9, 2021



Speaker:  Angeline Hoschouer

"Cemetery Symbols and Representations"



   Angelina Hoschouer is the program speaker at our monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.   We will have a short business meeting starting at 11:00 am prior to our speaker.
Have you ever wandered through a cemetery and wondered about the meanings of the designs carved on old gravestones? Thousands of different religious and secular symbols and emblems have adorned tombstones through the ages, indicating attitudes towards death and the hereafter, membership in a fraternal or social organization, or an individual’s trade, occupation or even ethnic identity.  It is not always easy to determine the meaning of many of these tombstone symbols.  We were not present when these symbols were carved into the stone and cannot claim to know our ancestors’ intentions. 

Angie Hoschouer is the Manager of Development and Marketing at Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum in Dayton, Ohio.  She has an extensive background in genealogical research and has traced her biological family back to the 1700s in Ireland.  She is founding member and current President of the Randolph Twp. Historical Society, a member of the Ohio Genealogical Society with status as a First Family of Ohio, First Family of Greene County and a memnber of the Society of Civil War Families of Ohio.                   
    This meeting will occur as a webinar only and pre-registration is required.  The event is free and open to the public. The link will be posted soon.  IRGS members will also receive an email one week prior to the event as a reminder to register.  






The Mid-Atlantic States GIG will meet virtually on Friday, October 29, at 2pm via Zoom.


The Irish GIG will meet virtually on Wednesday, November 3rd, at 2 pm via Zoom. (This date is subject to change and GIG leader will advise.)


The German GIG will meet virtually on Thursday, November 11th, at 3:30 pm via Zoom.  The topic will be German Church and Cemetery Records.


The DNA GIG will meet virtually on Thursday, November 18th at 2pm via Zoom. The discussion will be on what it means to share DNA from many different perspectives.


The Mid-Atlantic States GIG will not meet in November due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. 




The Writing GIG has now joined the Laura Riding Jackson Foundation's Write LIfe group. During October through December the group will focus on genealogical writing. If you are interested in a 2022 offering, please contact me at

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 to maintain an active IRGS membership.



"Up the Stairs" - News from the IRC Library

The library is open back to full capacity. This includes the Genealogy department. No more appointments or locked doors. With this being said here are some things you need to know:
The 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month we will be closed to the public from 2-5.  The department closes for lunch 1-2pm Monday-Friday.v
Finally, MASKS! The mask mandate has been lifted. No one is required to wear a mask. 
If you are unsure if we are open since we have several days we are closed to the public, don't hesitate to give Michelle a call or email at 772-400-6330 or
Please call the above number to inquire about the Beginner's classes also.

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