Indian River Genealogical Society

Ideas for Family History Month in October

Next IRGS General Meeting Webinar





Tuesday October 12, 2021



Speaker:  Patricia M. Burdsall

"The Society of the Cincinnati"



   Pat Burdsall is the program speaker at our monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 12, 2021.   We will have a short business meeting starting at 11:00 am prior to our speaker.
 As winner of last year's Martha Dodd scholarship, Pat used the stipend towards a research trip to Washington, D.C to study the little-known genealogy society called The Society of the Cincinnati.  This is the oldest genealogical society in America, having formed at the end of the Revolutionary War and is open to officers who served in the Continental Army under George Washington.  Pat will also highlight some of the other lesser-known genealogical societies.

Pat was born in Philadelphia, raised in southern New Jersey, and has lived in Florida since 1998.  Her passion for genealogy prompted her to join the Indian River Genealogical Society in 2006 serving in various board positions in addition chairing the annual Genealogy Seminar.  She started tracing her own family in the mid-1970s and never tires of researching not only her own family but also loves to help others with their research.  She is now concentrating on researching her very few Irish and German ancestors.       
    This meeting will occur as a webinar only and pre-registration is required.  The event is free and open to the public.  Please register in advance via the link which will be posted here in the near future. IRGS members will also receive an email one week prior to the event as a reminder to register.  




The Irish GIG will restart September 29th (one time normal schedule change) at 2 PM.  Bob Denten, our membership chair has recently agreed to take over from Jeff Graham.  Thank you to both of them for supporting IRGS.


The German GIG will meet virtually on Thursday October 14th at 3:30 PM.


The DNA GIG will meet at virtual Special Event in October via Zoom. Stay tuned for details for this Family History Month Event.


The Mid-Atlantic States GIG will meet virtually on Friday, October 28, at 2pm via Zoom starting with the state of New Jersey.  (states of NJ, NY, PA, and MD.)  The next meeting will discuss members research progress and introduce additional tools and resources. An announcement is sent to members one week prior with the link.



The Writing GIG has now joined the Laura Riding Jackson Foundation's Writing LIfe group. During October through December the group will focus on genealogical writing.

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.



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"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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