Indian River Genealogical Society


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

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We invite you to join more than 300 others who are interested in exploring their family history.   Check here to see the many benefits of membership in IRGS and to see how you, too, can quickly become a member.

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    2018 Valentine Genealogy Seminar
February 17, 2018
Noted researchers, educators and lecturers Rick Sayre and Pamela Boyer Sayre are the speakers at the 2018 Valentine Genealogy Seminar. Their topics that day are Google Earth For Genealogists (a 2-part presentation by Pam and Rick), Land Entry Papers and Records of the General Land Office (presented by Rick), and Rogues and Rascals: Divorced, Litigious or Downright Criminal Relatives! (presented by Pam).
This annual Seminar is once again organized by Indian River Genealogical Society, Brevard Genealogical Society, Genealogical Society of South Brevard, and Treasure Coast Genealogical Society.
Registration is still open.
You can find a registration form by clicking on the green 2018 Valentine Seminar button on this home page.
For more information email 

Pam Cooper's Class Returns

How to Begin Your Family History Research

Led by Pam Cooper

6 Thursdays – January 25, 2018 – March 1, 2018   
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Large meeting room – 1st Floor at the Main Library, 1600 21st Street, Vero Beach
Material Fee – only $10.00   Pre-registration Required   Limit: 60


Next IRGS General Meeting

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Speaker:  Pamela J. Cooper
retired librarian, historian, genealogist and lecturer
"Timing is Everything! Have You Timed Your Ancestor?"
                   Pamela J. Cooper retired from the Archive Center & Genealogy Department at the Indian River County Main Library after thirty years.
She is a highly regarded speaker at national and local events. She has served as Director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, Director of the Florida Historical Society, President of the Florida State Genealogical Society, and Co-Chair of the FGS/FSGS National Conference.
Timelines help solve difficult genealogy problems, evaluate evidence, provide reasons for migration, prove relationships, and put your family in historical perspective. Timelines are the single most important tool for all researchers.
This meeting will take place in the large meeting room, 1st floor, Indian River County Main Library

Upcoming General Meetings

We meet monthly (September through May) on the second Tuesday of the month at the Indian River County Main Library in Vero Beach, Florida. The meetings begin at 10:00 am. A program/speaker follows at 11:00 am.  Meetings are open to the public and free of charge.       
February 13, 2018      "Timing is Everything! Have You Timed Your Ancestor?" Speaker Pamela J. Cooper, retired librarian, historian, genealogist and lecturer. Learn how timelines can enhance your genealogical research.             
March 13, 2018           "Five Tips to Make Sense of Your DNA Testing" Speaker Diahan Southard "Your DNA Guide". So you have had your autosomal DNA tested - now what?! Come learn in 45 minutes what would take you hours to read about online, and leave armed with enough information to start making your DNA work for you.
April 10, 2018             "Transcriptions, Abstracts and Extracts" Speaker Sandra McKenny
May 8, 2018                "Building a Research Toolbox" Speaker Thomas MacEntee via a live webinar. Participants will learn not only some of the most important online resources for genealogical research, but also how to organize these resources into an easy-to-access and portable virtual toolbox.

Installation of Officers for 2018

At our December 12, 2017 Annual Meeting, the officers for 2018 were installed by Pete Kersey during an entertaining and witty ceremony.

Left to right: Sue Neale - Treasurer, Pat Burdsall - Secretary                                                      
Marilyn Case - Vice President, Debbie Garber - President                                                           
Bob Satola (left) being installed
as Past President by Pete Kersey
photo credit: Pamela J. Cooper

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.   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!
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New Books in Our Library

Books are being added frequently to the great collection in the Genealogy Department of our Indian River County Main Library.
Check the online library catalog, or visit the Genealogy Department on the second floor of the IRC Main Library and inquire at the Genealogy Department's volunteer help desk.

Other Features

Indian River County Obituary Index
This index contains more than 110,700 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.
Surname Database
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.
IRGS members can download instructions for adding, changing, or deleting surnames.
Newsletter Index
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.

Upcoming Regional Meetings

The Calendar of the Florida State Genealogical Society has a comprehensive list of upcoming genealogy programs and special events throughout our state.    Click here for a direct link to the FSGS Calendar.

Genealogy Blogs

A great way to keep current with genealogy news is to follow the blog posts of experienced genealogists.   Check out these links to Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems, Jim Tanner's Genealogy's Star as well as other popular blogs.
Do you have a favorite popular genealogy blog that you would suggest for our list?   Please send your suggestions to along with the link to the blog.