Indian River Genealogical Society


Welcome to our Indian River Genealogical Society (IRGS) website.
You will find information on many of our activities here.

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Next IRGS General Meeting

The IRC Library is an EARLY Voting location March 7-14 ONLY.  On Election Day March 17, voters go to their assigned precincts and the IRC Library is NOT a precinct voting location.  This is why the next meeting date was changed to March 17 as shown below.. 
please note date change from normal meeting timing
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Speaker:   Ann Staley
Shore to Shore: 20th Century Immigration Research
Between 1607 and 1980 approximately 50 million immigrants arrived, with the peak year being 1907. How are we to find our ancestor among those millions? This presentation discusses 20th century immigration history, 4-step research strategy, emigration records, border crossings (Mexico and Canada), alien registration and repatriation.
C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL(SM), is an instructor, consultant, trip leader and a lecturer. She is the Education Chairman for the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc.; the Vice President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild; on the faculty of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies; and a Trustee of the Florida State Genealogical Society. Her specialties are methodology, research sources, computer resources, conference planning and assisted research trips to the Family History Library.
This meeting will take place in the large meeting room, 1st floor, Indian River County Main Library.
Please note this meeting takes place on the third Tuesday of March.

April 25, 2020 Indian River Genealogy Conference

Registration is now open!
The Indian River Genealogical Society and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family History Center are pleased to announce the 2020 Indian River Genealogy Conference. This full-day conference will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2020 between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse located at 3980 12th Street in Vero Beach, Florida. In-person registration opens at 8:00 am.
The conference is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required, but by pre-registering you will receive an email with a link to download the handouts approximately two weeks before the conference. Print copies of handout materials will not be available at the conference. Pre-registration is now available here.
The classes are appropriate for beginning to experienced family historians. Personal assistance in the Family History Center will be available. More than a dozen exhibitors, door prizes, and material from a variety of organizations will be present in the exhibit hall. To see the schedule of speakers and topics, click here.
For more information, email or find us on Facebook at
We need six volunteers to help us that day (registration, etc.)  Please contact us at

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.
The next classes at the main library in Vero Beach are in March 2020.  The dates are March 14, 21 and 27.  The times are 10am-12Noon.
These classes are generally held monthly; no November or December classes. 
Pre-registration is required. The last day to register is March 10th. Please register early as the classes may fill quickly. 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.
We also periodically hold classes at the North IRC Library in Sebastian.  The next class in Sebastian starts March 7.   See the flyer here.

24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon

The 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon is an unprecedented event hosted by MyHeritage and featured on Legacy Family Tree Webinars. The marathon will begin on Thursday, March 12 at 5 P.M. Eastern U.S. time and end on Friday, March 13, at 5 P.M. eastern U.S. time.
This webinar, open to all and completely free of charge, allows people in every time zone on Earth to learn from the comfort of their homes. Each lecture will be 45 minutes long, including 10 minutes for questions at the end. The full program can be seen here
Space is limited, so make sure to register now at

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