Indian River Genealogical Society

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Renewal Time

If you see a red renewal notice when you sign into the website Member Area, your renewal is due or has not yet been recorded.  You can disregard if you have recently paid AND sent a membership form.  Please follow the renewal instructions so membership is properly notified.  
Also, we hope to see you at our annual membership meeting on Saturday, December 10th (at the Laura Riding Jackson pole barn) when we will elect new officers and vote on the 2023 budget.  This business meeting is in addition to our outdoor social on December 2nd.  Details for each event can be found in the December newsletter.

Next IRGS Meeting



Tuesday December 13, 2022

11am-12:30pm EST

Speaker:  Lisa Alzo

Immigrant Cluster Communities: Past, Present and Future


Join internationally recognized writer and genealogist Lisa Alzo for the Indian River Genealogical Society’s December public program and learn how cluster genealogy can move your ancestor research forward. The virtual program is free and open to the public with the link beginning at 11 AM on Tuesday, December 13.
“My work as a genealogist (and writer) goes beyond the usual collecting of names, dates, and places. Using oral and social history, I take great care to explore who the people were rather than just “names without faces.” I strive to give a voice to the silences of those who have gone before,” explains Alzo. 

There are a handful of “cluster” immigrant communities throughout the United States that blossomed during the immigration influx of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Exploring “cluster genealogy”—the process of researching those relatives, friends, and neighbors who lived near an ancestor—can often break down brick walls in the search for individual family lines and help to place our ancestors’ lives in historical context. For those descendants who’ve moved away from such traditional immigrant enclaves, 21st-century technology can be used to rebuild “cluster communities” in the virtual world. This lecture will cover: How to identify chain migrations/cluster communities using key records; ways to share and collaborate with other researchers, and the benefits, pitfalls, and obstacles associate with a shift to “virtual” cluster communities; and how to use tools such as social networking sites, Wikis, etc. build online genealogical communities. 

The IRGS monthly programs are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month beginning at 11 AM. and are free and open to genealogists of all ages.
To register for the virtural December program, click on the following link:
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New Member Offer

Our Society begins meeting in September 2022.  We encourage anyone interested in joining, to do so at that time by clicking here or using the Membership button on the menu to the left. By joining in September, your membership will immediately become active and you will be a member for the remainder of 2022 AND ALL of 2023. Your support enables us to offer quality programs and for you to meet other members through:
Monthly in-person Socials on alternating first Friday and Saturday monthly
Monthly virtual webinars including recordings and handouts on second Tuesday monthly
Monthly Newsletters
Annual $500 Martha Dodd Scholarship eligibility
Monthly Genealogy Interest Groups including German, Irish, DNA, Write Life, and Special Research Topics
Society Website with videos and tips
Facebook group for updates and items of interest
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Our active season runs monthly from September through May. 


Upcoming 2022-23 Programs
Podcast Interview about IRGS



The Irish GIG will meet virtually on Tuesday December 6 at 2:00pm.  Discussion will include Irish culture, research methods and a member share about a recent trip to Ireland.


The DNA GIG will meet virtually on Thursday December 15 at 2pm.  Group Quiz!  This will be a fun (no pressure) way to test your understanding of genetic genealogy.


The Write Life group will meet virtually on the second and fourth Thursday each month at 1:30 pm.   


The Midwest States GIG will meet begin meeting virtually on Friday January 27th at 2pm.  The group will discuss research in Ohio. This is a date change due to the November and December holidays.


A new FamilySearch GIG will begin meeting in January led by Miles Meyer.


A new Italian GIG will begin meeting in January led by Janet Sierzant.



The  German GIG and the Swedish GIG have been suspended.


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 maintain an active IRGS membership.

Great News from

The Genealogy Department's research room is now open evenings and weekends!  They will be open the same hours as the Main Library.
Monday, Thursday 10am - 8pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm

Beginner's Introduction to DNA

We invite anyone interested in learning more about the basics of DNA testing and analysis to review the following video prepared by our DNA Genealogy Interest Group Leader, Janet Hunter.
We encourage you to join our DNA GIG by becoming a member of our society to view additional educational videos of our past meetings.

Check out our Facebook page to see the latest announcements and suggestions. We post many announcements that come to our society that may not be reported on our website. 

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