Indian River Genealogical Society

Next IRGS Membership Meeting

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
11am - 12:30pm
"It's Not All Online - Researching in Archives"
Speaker:  Melissa Barker - The Archive Lady

 We will have Melissa Barker speakint at our monthly webinar meeting on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.  We will have a brief business meeting at 11am followed by our speaker. 
Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager and Public Historian currently working at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives. She lectures, teaches and writes about the genealogy research process, researching in archives and records preservation. She conducts virtual webinar presentations across the United States for genealogical and historical societies. She writes a popular blog entitled A Genealogist in the Archives and is a well-known genealogy Book Reviewer. She writes a bi-weekly advice column entitled The Archive Lady published at Genealogy Bargains. She writes history pieces for her local newspaper The Houston County Herald called From the Archives. She is a Professional Genealogist with an expertise in Tennessee records and she is currently taking clients. She has been researching her own family history for the past 31 years
 IRGS members will receive an email from IRGS the week before the May event with a link and instructions on how to register to access the webinar.  Non-member guests can request a complimentary link from

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The DNA GIG will meet Thursday April 15, at 2pm via Zoom. The topic will be chromosome mapping.  For prospective GIG members who would like to review the basics or need help with relating their DNA test to their genealogy research, please send your name and request to and we may set up a help workshop.


The IRISH GIG will meet Wednesday May 5, at 2pm via Zoom. 


The GERMAN GIG will meet Thursday May 13, at 3:30 pm via Zoom.  


The WRITER'S GIG is meeting each Wednesday at 1pm via Zoom.
The Mid-Atlantic States GIG will start their first meeting on Friday, April 23, at 2pm via Zoom starting with the state of New Jersey.  (states of NJ, PA, and MD.)  
Contact the GIG leaders to join or email to be added to a GIG distribution (please specify which GIG)  The GIGs welcome new members!  The DNA and German GIGs are recording their meetings and any member can listen afterwards in the Members Only GIG areas.

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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