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Next IRGS General Meeting
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Speaker: Michelle Wagner
"How to Use Your Local Library"
Summary: Learn about the wealth of resources available at the Indian River County
Main Library’s Genealogy Department to help you discover your family history.
Michelle Wagner has been with the Indian River County Library System for over six years and has been the Genealogy Librarian for the last 2 ½ years. She attended the University of Central Florida where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree. Michelle has lectured locally on various topics pertaining to local history and is a co-chair of the City of Vero Centennial Certificate Program.
This meeting will take place in the large meeting room, 1st floor, Indian River County Main Library.
Here is a project if you would like to help.
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The purpose of the Vero Beach Community Reconstitution Project is to reconstruct the Vero community as it was when it was first formed 100 years ago. Members will use the 1920 US census for Vero, St. Lucie, Florida along with other records to create family groups of the first residents in FamilySearch.org
. This project is being done in cooperation with the BYU Linking Labs, Vero Beach FL Family History Center and the Indian River Genealogical Society. A Facebook Group has been established called Vero Beach Community Reconstitution Project - Genealogy HERE. The group is designed to provide guidance and assistance as the project is being developed. Anyone interested in assisting in this project is welcome to request access to this group but participants are not required to join the Facebook group.
Instructional video #1. This video explains the basics of finding names in the 1920 US Census and adding them to FamilySearch. The video was developed for a similar project in Grangeville, Idaho. To find the correct pages in the 1920 US census you will search for Vero, St. Lucie, Florida. https://youtu.be/iysiNhJXpng
Instructional video #2. This video discusses how to link other records from various sources to individuals in the project on FamilySearch. If you have historic records of your own or have access to historic archives of Vero consider adding them to these records. https://youtu.be/el0PE1BLMZM
Quick Link to 1920 US census for Vero, St. Lucie, Florida on FamilySearch. https://tinyurl.com/VeroRecon
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 are in September 2019. The dates are September 14, 21, and 27. The times are 10am-12Noon.
These classes are generally held monthly; no December class.
Pre-registration is required. 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. Please register early as the classes may fill quickly.
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. It's so easy! 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!
Indian River County Obituary Index
This index contains more than 118,000 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.
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.
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.
A great way to keep current with genealogy news is to follow the blog posts of experienced genealogists. Check out the links tab on our home page to Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems, Jim Tanner's Genealogy's Star as well as other popular blogs.
Check out January 2019 Tech Tips in our main index for more great suggestions on managing genealogy blogs, including some favorites.
Do you have a favorite popular genealogy blog that you would suggest for our list? Please send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org along with the link to the blog.