Indian River Genealogical Society


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Next IRGS General Meeting

Tuesday September 8, 2020
11am - 12:30pm
The Indian River Genealogical Society is pleased to announce Miles Meyer as our program speaker at our virtual monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Miles will speak at 11:00 am followed by a brief business meeting.
This meeting will occur as a webinar only. IRGS members will receive an email from IRGS in September with a link and instructions to register for the webinar to access from your home computer or smart phone. We invite any non-member to join us through PayPal on this site or by emailing us prior to September 8 at for a complimentary link to the webinar.
Speaker:  Miles Meyer
“The Ayes Have It - Discovering Your Ancestors Through Voting Records"
In 1870, 150 years ago, the 15th Amendment was passed prohibiting the exclusion of citizens from voting based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude. In 1920, just 100 years ago, the 19th Amendment was passed granting women the right to vote. And, in 1965, 55 years ago, the Voting Rights Act was passed prohibiting racial discrimination in voting. Each of these pieces of legislation increased the opportunity of US citizens to exercise their right to vote. Voting records are not one of the record sets that you generally think of going to for your genealogy research but they could be a great resource if you are able to find them. Voting records are collected on a regular schedule and can be used as replacements for the 1890 US Census. They may contain a great variety of information on family relationships and property ownership, or may even provide evidence of criminal convictions or mental states for your ancestors. Join Miles in this discussion and discover the rich resources that voter records can be.
Miles Meyer is a scientist by training and has been active in genealogy for over 20 years in a variety of ways. His expertise revolves around new technologies, internet research and FamilySearch. Miles is a Family History Consultant and current Director of the Vero Beach Family History Center. He has been speaking at genealogy conferences, including RootsTech Salt Lake City (2019) and RootsTech London (2019), for over 10 years and assists others in researching their family histories. Miles has been a beta tester for several genealogy companies and is a certified Trainer and the Director of Education for The Family History Guide. He has produced several training manuals and maintains several websites and blogs on genealogy related activities.


The DNA GIG will be meeting monthly throughout the summer via Zoom.  Check back here soon for more details.  Email us if you would like to be added to the email distribution to receive notices.
Our next virtual meeting is Thursday August 20, at 2pm via Zoom. 



The Martha Dodd Scholarship

IRGS offers a $300.00 annual scholarship to one member of IRGS to help with genealogy research and education. There will be one reward per year. Deadline for submitting an application is October 31.   A scholarship committee, composed of IRGS members, will review the applications anonymously.

Volunteer Opportunity

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 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.
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.
Quick Link to 1920 US census for Vero, St. Lucie, Florida on FamilySearch. 


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