Indian River Genealogical Society

Welcome!

Welcome to our Indian River Genealogical Society (IRGS) web site
 
You will find updates on many of our recent IRGS activities here.
 

Next IRGS General Meeting
 
 
Donna Moughty
 
 
There's An App For That
 
It’s amazing how far technology has brought us as genealogists. It’s been a catalyst to bring millions of people into the field of genealogy. In an article in September of 2012 from Bloomberg Businessweek, genealogy ranks second as the most searched topic on the Internet. Today, small devices such as the iPhone and iPad, as well as their various competi-tors are more powerful and connected than the computers we used ten years ago. Donna will dis-cuss hardware and get-ting the right fit, what’s included, genealogy apps, organization and general productivity.
 
Donna Moughty, a Professional Genealogist and former Regional Manager for Apple Computer, has been conducting family research for over 20 years. She teaches and lectures on a variety of subjects including Inter-net, Irish research and computer topics locally and at national conferences and institutes. In addition, she provides consultations, research assistance and training. Donna attended the Na-tional Institute for Genealogical Research at the National Archives, and the Third and Fourth Irish Genealogical Congress in Ireland, the Salt Lake Institute-Irish Research and the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University where she was an instructor for the Irish course in 2011. She is a member of Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Donna takes groups to Ireland each October to research.
 
 
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
9:30 am - 12:00 noon
Meeting Room, Indian River Main Library
 
 

RootsTech 2016

RootsTech, the largest genealogy conferences in the world, is coming February 3-6, 2016  in Salt Lake City.   Even though we are not in Salt Lake City, we can still take advantage of several FREE sessions, including the Keynote Addresses and selected classes.  
 
To access the Rootstech website, CLICK ON THIS LINK.
 
 
 
 

Coming Soon

2016 Valentine Seminar
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Richardson Center, IRSC Mueller Campus, Vero Beach
 
Featuring D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
 
This genealogy seminar has sold out!  We are looking forward to an informative and engaging seminar with D. Joshua Taylor.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.   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 spport!
 
The Indian River Genealogical Society Inc

2015 - 2016 Meeting Handouts

"Remember the Ladies" -  a presentation by Pam Cooper at our October 13 meeting. A copy of the handout is available in the Members Only area under Member Resources - 2015-2016 Meeting Handouts.
 
"Listen the the Land: Understanding Your Ancestors' Property Records" -  a presentation by presented by Amy Giroux at our September 8 meeting. A copy of the handout is available in the Members Only area under Member Resources - 2015-2016 Meeting Handouts.
 
Some Helpful Resources in Getting Started with Evernote for Genealogy - a presentation by Bob Inhoff at our May 12 meeting.  Download a copy here.   Also pdf copy of slides introducing Evernote
 
What Can Your Ancestor’s Religion Reveal About Them? a presentation by Debra Fleming at our April 14 meeting.   A copy of the handout is available in the Members Only area under Member Resources - 2014-2015 Meeting Handouts.
 
All Rise! Researching at the County Court House -  a presentation by Clyde Stickney at our March 10 meeting.   A copy of the slides used in the presentation are available in the Members Only area under Member Resources - 2014-2015 Meeting Handouts.
 
They Came by the Millions: Immigration to the USA from 1880 to 1924, a presentation by Mark Fearer at our February 10, 2015 meeting.    A copy of the handout is available in the Members Only area under Member Resources - 2014-2015 Meeting Handouts. 
 
Trace Your Ancestry and Find Relatives using your DNA - a presentation by Larry Vick at our January 13 meeting.   A copy of the slides used in the presentation are available in the Members Only area under Member Resources - 2014-2015 Meeting Handouts.
 
 

Indian River County FL Obituary Index

Our Indian River County Obituary index is now updated to include listings through December 2014.  It now contains more than 101,500 listings.   You can access the index by clicking on the Ind. River Obitiary Index tab on the leflt menu bar or clicking here.
 
Anyone interested in helping us maintain and expand this index is welcome to join the volunteers at the Genealogy Department at the Indian River Main Library. You can email info@irgs.org for more information.

Become a Member

We invite you to join more 300 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.

New Books in Our Library

We have made it easier to check the listing of the latest additions to our great collection of books in the Genealogy Department of our Indian River County Main Library.
Previously to see the list you needed to log into the Members Only area and download the monthly newsletter. 
Now to view the list, just click on the "Library" tab on the left.
 
Click on "New Books in our Library" and you are on the way.  Updated July 16, 2014

Upcoming Regional Meetings

The Calendar of the Florida State Genealogical Society has a comprehensive list of upcoming genealogy programs and special events throughout our state.    Click here for a direct link to the FSGS Calendar.

Genealogy Blogs

A great way to keep current with genealogy news is to follow the blog posts of experienced genealogists.   Check out these links to Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems, Jim Tanner's Genealogy's Star as well as other popular blogs.
 
 
Do you have a favorite popular genealogy blog that you would suggest for our list?   Please send your suggestions to info@irgs.org along with the link to the blog.

What's New

Indian River County Obituary Index
 
This index contains more than 98,700 names for obituaries appearing in Indian River County, Florida newspapers from 1913 through September 2014. Microfilm copies of of the newspapers are available at the Indian River Main Library in Vero Beach, FL.   Go to the obituary index.
 
Surname Database
 
Visit our revised Surname database listing  hundreds of surnames which are being researched by current IRGS members.  With this new feature, individuals interested in making an inquiry can send an email directly to the member who is researching the name.  The member's name and email address are not visible to the person making the inquiry.
 
IRGS members can download instructions for adding, changing, or deleting surnames.
 
Newsletter Index
 
Members can now access an index to the Indian River Genealogical Society Newsletter.  Go to the Members Only tab.  Click on the second item "Newsletter Index".    You can access issues from 2007 forward in the Members Only section.  Earlier issues are located in the Genealogy Department at the Indian River Main Library.   We apprecaite the dilligent efforts of Aurie W. Morrison in making this index possible.