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You will find information on many of our activities here.
Next IRGS General Meeting
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
The Indian River Genealogical Society is pleased to announce Keira Murphy, as our program speaker at our regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 held at the Indian River County Main Library, 1600 21st Street, Vero Beach. The business meeting convenes at 10:00 AM, followed by light refreshments and the program.
The meeting is FREE and open to the public
Speaker: Keira Murphy
“Engaging the Next Generation of Genealogists"
The Indian River Genealogical Society is pleased to announce Keira Murphy, as our program speaker at our regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 held at the Indian River County Main Library, 1600 21st Street, Vero Beach. The business meeting convenes at 10:00 AM, followed by light refreshments and the program. The meeting is FREE and open to the public.
Keira Murphy is a life-long educator, passionate genealogist, and creator of curriculum and other educational resources that help engage the next generation of genealogists to discover their own passion for exploring family history.
Integrating genealogy studies into K-12 curriculum has always been Keira’s passion for the last 20 years. She is Head of Middle School at Saint Edward’s School in Vero Beach, Florida and teaches two history elective classes based in genealogy research there. Keira actively works with educators of all grade levels from around the country, especially those who teach English, history and science, how to best engage students with their curriculum on a more personal level.
She is the founder of Jumpstart Genealogy, LLC and is a regular presenter at local, state, national and international conferences, both for genealogy and education. She lives by the motto, “You’re making history today!”
Learn more about engaging the next generation of genealogists both in school and outside of school. Discover strategies to initiate multi-generational conversations within your family about family history and enrich your genealogy legacy.
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2020 Valentine Genealogy Seminar
The 37th Annual Valentine Seminar
Saturday, February 22, 2020 9 am – 4 pm
First Presbyterian Church, Vero Beach, Florida
This year our speaker will be Debra Dudek.
Debra is Head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL. She holds a post graduate certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, and is the author of the World War I Research Guide: Tracing American Military and Non-Combatant Ancestors – Includes a Guide to Canadian Military Research which is available in paperback on Amazon.com.
The topics that Debra will be presenting include:
- Researching War of 1812 Ancestors
- Civil War Genealogy: Tracing the service of Billy Yank and Johnny Reb
- Tracing Female Ancestors in WWI Military and Non-Combatant Records
- The Diary of Wesley Peever – A World War I Genealogical Mystery
Complimenatry Bagels and Coffee included in the registration
The registration form can be found here.
Questions? Email seminar @irgs.org
April 2020 Indian River Genealogy Conference
Save the date!
The Indian River Genealogical Society and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family History Center are pleased to announce the 2020 Indian River Genealogy Conference. This full-day conference will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2020 between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse located at 3980 12th Street in Vero Beach, Florida.
In-person registration opens at 8:00 am and is free.
The classes are appropriate for beginning to experienced family historians. Consultations to help understand DNA testing will be available as well as personal assistance in the Family History Center. More than a dozen exhibitors, door prizes, and material from a variety of organizations will be present in the exhibit hall. The updated program schedule will be posted here when it becomes available.
Introduction to Genealogy Class
Are you curious about how to get started researching your ancestors? Try this class...
This class for beginning researchers consists of three sessions. Sessions I and II are held in the History Room on the second floor of the Indian River County Main Library. Session III is held in the Genealogy Department on the second floor of the Indian River County Main Library.
Session I is a lecture on getting started -- how to record and organize your facts; how to search for additional information; how to find and use available resources.
Session II is a lecture and demonstration -- how to find information on the internet and learning to use the library's genealogy department resources.
Session III is a hands-on session using the library's genealogy department computers to search online for your ancestors' records and other information.
The next classes are in January 2020. The dates are January 11, 18, and 24. The times are 10am-12Noon.
These classes are generally held monthly; no November or December classes.
Pre-registration is required. Register by phone: 772-444-7470 or register using the sign-up sheet on the table just outside the Genealogy Department at the Main Library. Please register early as the classes may fill quickly.
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Rootstech London 2019 Presentation