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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2020 Valentine Genealogy Seminar - register now



The 37th Annual Valentine Seminar

Saturday, February 22, 2020 9 am – 4 pm

First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Blvd., Vero Beach, Florida 32960



"Researching Our Ancestors in Times of War"

Speaker: Debra Dudek

Debra is Head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL. She holds a post graduate certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, and is the author of the World War I Research Guide: Tracing American Military and Non-Combatant Ancestors – Includes a Guide to Canadian Military Research which is available in paperback on

The topics that Debra will be presenting include:


  • Researching War of 1812 Ancestors
  • Civil War Genealogy: Tracing the service of Billy Yank and Johnny Reb
  • Tracing Female Ancestors in WWI Military and Non-Combatant Records
  • The Diary of Wesley Peever – A World War I Genealogical Mystery


Complimentary Bagels and Coffee included in the registration


The registration form can be found here.
Questions?  Email 

Next IRGS General Meeting

Tuesday February 11, 2020
10am - 12 Noon
Speaker:  Janet Hunter
“DNA as Evidence of Family Connections”
The Indian River Genealogical Society is pleased to announce Janet Hunter as our program speaker at our regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 held at the Indian River County Main Library, 1600 21st Street, Vero Beach.  The business meeting convenes at 10:00 AM, followed by light refreshments and the program.  The meeting is FREE and open to the public.
Janet Hunter has a bachelor's degree in computer science and is a retired programmer and systems analyst. She has been an amateur genealogist for 19 years and has been using genetic genealogy since 2009. Janet is a co-leader of the IRGS DNA interest group and serves on the Board as Secretary.
DNA testing is one of the family historian's newest sources of information. In some ways DNA is similar to other sources, but in other ways it is quite unique. We'll explore those differences, look at some family situations that can significantly influence test results and discuss some common misconceptions that can cloud interpretation of those results. No prior experience in DNA testing is necessary, but don't be surprised to pick up some helpful tips if you have tested!

April 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. Consultations to help understand DNA testing will be available as well as personal assistance in the Family History Center. 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

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 February 2020.  The dates are February 8, 15, and 21.  The times are 10am-12Noon.
These classes are generally held monthly; no November or December classes. 
Space is limited. 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.

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