Indian River Genealogical Society

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Since we are holding virtual webinars during the pandemic,  we are unable to present or vote on our financial reports and minutes. Therefore we are posting these reports under Members Only Member Resources with the Title beginning with "Pandemic" for each report type. Please feel free to review these reports and direct questions to
For any report requiring approval of the membership, we will vote retroactively once our regular meetings resume.  Thank you.


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Next IRGS General Meeting

Tuesday October 13, 2020
11am - 12:30pm
The Indian River Genealogical Society is pleased to announce Kurt Bressner as our program speaker at our virtual monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Kurt 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 October 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 October 13th at for a complimentary link to the webinar.
Speaker:  Kurt Bressner
“Mayflower 400th - The Voyage and First Year - A Perspective via Pilgrim Stephen Hopkins and Summary of Early Colonial Genealogical Resources"
This presentation will discuss the journey of the Mayflower and the first year at Plymouth in 1620-21 exploring the role Pilgrim Stephen Hopkins had in the survival and success of Plymouth Colony. In addition, the presentation will discuss resources available for early colonial genealogical research focusing on the Great Migration to New England from 1620 to 1640.
After retiring in 2011 as a City Manager for 38 years, Kurt Bressner became interested in resuming his family tree research. Along the way, he discovered direct ancestors back to the Mayflower. Following up on this lead, Kurt confirmed his lineage to Pilgrim Stephen Hopkins, Constance Hopkins, and George Soule. He is currently researching Pilgrim Francis Eaton. Presently, Kurt serves as a Co-Historian for the Society of Mayflower Descendents in the State of Florida and as Historian for the Stephen Hopkins Colony in Vero Beach. These are volunteer positions. As historian, Kurt has assisted over 150 persons confirm their direct Mayflower connections. Kurt resides in Vero Beach with his wife Diane. Happily, a grandson has the genealogy bug and is interested in family history. 


The DNA GIG will meet Thursday September 17, at 2pm via Zoom. The discussion is on DNAPainter and working across the various testing services.
The Irish GIG will meet Wednesday, October 7, at 2pm via Zoom and will discuss recent research successes and potential topics for the season.
The German GIG will meet Thursday October 8, at 3:30 pm via Zoom and will discuss discovering clues in US sources.
Contact the GIG leaders to join or email to be added to a GIG distribution (please specify which GIG)
The Sept 10 meeting of the German GIG is posted under Members-Only Video and the notes are posted under the German GIG area.

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.

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