Indian River Genealogical Society


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

Become a Member

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.

Next IRGS General Meeting

                                                            Tuesday, March 12, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Speaker: Christa Cowan
appearing via a live webinar
"Getting the Most Out of"
 Learn tips, tricks and what's new at
A professional genealogist since 2002, Crista Cowan has been employed by since 2004. For the past several years she has been the 
Corporate Genealogist and speaks at local and national genealogy events
around the country. Known online as The Barefoot Genealogist, she has a
weekly show on the Ancestry YouTube chanel designed to help people discover their family history.
This meeting will take place in the large meeting room, 1st floor, Indian River County Main Library 
1600 21st Street, Vero Beach, Florida.
The public is welcome! Please join us.

Video of January 2019 Program Now Available

The video of Sunny Morton's IRGS presentation of Comparing the Genealogy Giants is now available in the Members Only area.
Go to the Members Only page - Log In - and then select Videos.  It will be available for the next month.  You can also find the handout there.

2019 Indian River Genealogy Conference

The Indian River Genealogical Society and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family History Center are pleased to announce the 2019 Indian River Genealogy Conference. This full-day conference will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 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 and is free. Pre-register to have access to conference material prior to the conference. To pre-register, go to Pre-registration is not required to attend but is encouraged.
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. The updated program schedule is available 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.
March classes will be held March 9, 16, and 22.  
No classes currently scheduled for April.
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.

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. Please join us!            
February 12, 2019                   "The Myths of Migration"        
                                                 Speaker, Ann Osisek         
March 12, 2019                        "Getting the Most Out of Ancestry"  
                                                  Speaker via live webinar, Christa Cowan   
April 9, 2019                             "Building a Research Toolbox"  
                                                   Speaker via live webinar, Thomas MacEntee  
May 14, 2019                             "What's the Plan?"   
                                                   Speaker, Donna Moughty

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!
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Other Features

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.
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.

Genealogy Blogs

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 along with the link to the blog.