Indian River Genealogical Society


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Next IRGS General Meeting

Tuesday November 10, 2020
11am - 12:30pm
The Indian River Genealogical Society is pleased to announce Donna Moughty as our program speaker at our virtual monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Donna 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 November 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 November 10th at for a complimentary link to the webinar.
Speaker:  Donna Moughty
“Saving a Life: Your Family's Health History"
For many years, health professionals have known that many common health problems run in families. The more you know about your family health history, the more you can do to reduce your risk of serious illness. As genealogists and family historians we routinely collect information about our ancestors and the causes of their deaths but putting the information together in a documented health history can not only asist your physician, but may save your life.
Donna Moughty, a member of APG and CSG, is a researcher, lecturer and blogger on topics including methodology, internet, Irish research and technology. She is the author of the Quick Reference Guides for Irish Research and conducts Irish research trips each year to Ireland.


The IRISH GIG will meet Friday Nov 6, at 2pm via Zoom.  The discussion will include a survey and an video.
The GERMAN GIG will meet Thursday Nov 12, at 3:30 pm via Zoom.  The topic will be "Using the Family History Guide to Aid Your German Research."
The DNA GIG will meet Thursday Nov 19, at 2pm via Zoom. The discussion is the second part of our Y-DNA topic.
Contact the GIG leaders to join or email to be added to a GIG distribution (please specify which GIG)

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.


Several members have been brainstorming on how to involve younger generations to develop an interest in genealogy.  Marilyn Case, Debbie Garber, Mike Godown, Sheila O’Shell, Keira Murphy, and Miles Meyer have met several times this month.  Keira will lead a new young adult genealogy program as part of our community education outreach.  Thanks Keira!
The committee plans to have several virtual events in December over the school break for youth ages 12-18.  Activities are planned to engage the participants in various activities and tools to encourage them to learn and investigate their family history.  The goal is to create an awareness of genealogy, learn related technology, and encourage multi-generational dialog.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! If IRGS members have grandchildren or know teens that would like to participate in both the planning and the event activities, please forward their names and contact information to and the committee will follow-up with them.  As long as they are known to you, they do not need to be local.
See the interview with Marilyn Case and Mike Godown on the Treasure Coast Community Health Facebook page:

Please Note

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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