Indian River Genealogical Society


Welcome to our Indian River Genealogical Society (IRGS) web site

Summer Opportunity

Stay cool this summer and solve your genealogy brick wall at the library? If you have spent a lot of time researching on the Internet and you are unable to locate your ancestor, alternative methods can be used. Or, maybe you are interested in finding more details about the person such as what was their occupation or religion.
This class is limited to eight people per class and is for those who have researched their genealogy at least one year. Please sign up in advance.
There is no charge. When you register, an application will be emailed to you in advance that must be completed and returned before the class starts.
This is a hands‐on class. It will teach research methodology using genealogy materials at the Main Library in Vero Beach. You will do the research. It will not be done for you.
All one‐time classes will be repeated every Wednesday 10 AM until Noon for July and August. All classes will be in the genealogy department on the second floor of the Main Library. Please email or call 7705060 x5 for information and sign‐up.

Who Do You Think You Are Returns July 23

Wednesdays, 9:00 pm
TLC - (Comcast Channlels 52 and 425 (HD) in Vero Beach
In the all-new season premiering July 23, these celebrities dig into their pasts to unearth family secrets:
  • Cynthia Nixon
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson
  • Rachel McAdams and her sister, Kayleen McAdams
  • Valerie Bertinelli
  • Kelsey Grammer 

Next IRGS Meeting

Tuesday - September 9, 2014
9:30 am

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

2014 Valentine Seminar

160 people gathered on Saturday, February 8 at the Richardson Center at Indian River State College to hear Dr. John Colletta speak about Naturalization Records, Turning Biographical Facats into Real Life Events and Presparing for Successful European Research.
The Seminar was sponsored by the Brevard Genealogical Society, Genealogical Society of South Brevard, Indian River Genealogical Society and the Treasure Coast Genealogical Society.

Indian River County FL Obituary Index

The Indian River County Obituary Index on our IRGS website now contains more than 89,000 names covering the area which is now Indian River County from 1913 through April 2013.
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 for more information.

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 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 along with the link to the blog.
New to Genealogy Blogs?   Perhaps you would like to try a free new online genealogy magazine Going In-Depth a part of  the In-Depth Genealogist blog
xYou can click on the image to open the magazine.
There are many interesting articles in the June issue's 64 pages.  You "flip" through them like a magazine.   You can also register to receive a notice of when new issues of the free magazine are ready.

What's New

Indian River County Obituary Index
This index contains more than 89,000 names for obituaries appearing in Indian River County, Florida newspapers from 1913 through April 2013. 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.

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.