Indian River Genealogical Society

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We invite you to join more than 200 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.


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. For example:  Check it out to join in our scavenger hunt with prizes starting June 1, 2020! Click on the Facebook icon below and don't forget to answer the required questions.

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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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 June 18, at 2pm via Zoom.



"Up the Stairs" - News from the IRC Library

Michelle reports that she has been busy organizing and re-organizing the microfiche.
There is so much information in the 2 little pink cabinets outside the genealogy door.  She urges us to check out the index
The library has been permitted to temporarily (through June 30) allow patrons to access the Ancestry Library Edition from home as long as you have an Indian River County library card. Go to 
Click on home access resources and scroll down to Ancestry, click on it and put your library card info in. The pin is your library card password (usually the last 4 digits of your phone number). If you have any questions email Michelle Wagner at
For detailed step-by-step instructions please go to the Library tab from the main menu of this website.
Holds on physical items may be picked up at Main, Brackett and North IRC Libraries.
  • Come to South Entrance of Main Library only
  • Call 772-770-5060 ext 4112 for Hold pick-ups at Main Library
  • Call 772-589-1355 for Hold pick-ups at North Library
  • Call 772-226-3080 for Hold pick-ups at Brackett Library
  • Staff will check out your items and place them on the table for pick-up.
  • Please observe distancing guidelines.
  • Hours for hold pick-up are Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 4:30pm.
Beginning June 1st, one hour computer appointments will be available at Main, Brackett and North IRC Libraries.
  • Please call the Reference Department of your desired location to make an appointment.
  • Please arrive 5 minutes prior to your appointment time and call to let us know you are here for a computer appointment. Staff will escort you to the computer area.
  • Appointments are for ONE HOUR and are limited to one per day. One person per computer. Limited computers will be available in order to comply with social distancing guidelines.
  • Limited assistance will be available due to social distancing guidelines.
  • Computer use will be restricted to ESSENTIAL BUSINESS only; no gaming or video streaming for entertainment purposes.
  • Printing and copying will be available. Please bring change or dollar bills as staff will not be able to make change at this time.
  • Childrens' computers are NOT available at this time.
  • NO browsing of the collection or inside check-outs. Front door hold pickup will continue.
  • Face coverings are highly encouraged to protect staff and fellow patrons.
  • Please do not utilize this service if you are unwell or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

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. 


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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