Welcome to our Indian River Genealogical Society (IRGS) web site
You will find updates on many of our recent IRGS activities here.
Video of Oct 11 Webinar - Cyndi's List
You can view the video of our October 11, 2016 webinar, "A Guided Tour of Cyndi's List 2.0 by going to the Members Only Area and selecting the tab "Videos." Then click on the links to view the video or to download the handout..
Click on the image to go to the EVENTS
page - where you can find the list of upcoming classes.
Save the Date!!
The 2017 Valentine Genealogy Seminar will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church, Vero Beach, Florida.
Featuring Judy G. Russell, "The Legal Genealogist" presenting Finding the Law, Where There Is - Or Isn't - a Will, NARA Mythbusters: Your Family IS in the Archives, How Old Did He Have To Be...?
Registration opens in November. Registration forms will be available on the IRGS website, in our monthly newsletters, and at our monthly meetings.
Stay tuned for updates!! Questions? Email seminar @irgs.org or call 772-444-7470.
Next IRGS General Meeting
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
9:30 am - 12:00 noon
"DECONSTRUCTING YOUR FAMILY TREE: RE-EVALUATING THE EVIDENCE"
Speaker: Dr. Michael Lacopo
When information is passed on from researcher to researcher and it doesn't "add up," it's time to tear down the walls and rebuild a new one. This methodology lecture shows how erroneous conclusions can sneak into our research uncontested. This lecture is pertinent especially today with so many Internet family trees that get cut and pasted into our own research.
Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a retired small-animal veterinarian born and raised in northern Indiana. He takes a scientific approach to his research as he does to his profession. Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals. A self-described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range. In addition to his story-telling and educational blog, Michael’s presence can be found online at www.Roots4U.com, or for more up-to-date lecture and research information, at his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Roots4U.
Upcoming Special Programs from our
Genealogy Interest Groups (GIG's)
Dr. Michael Lacopo will be lecturing at the Indian River County Main Library on November 15th, 2016 from 2-4 pm for the German GIG. He has experience in researching immigrant ancestry and is proficient in reading German script. His lecture is titled: German Genealogy on the Internet: Beyond the Basics.
Professor Jonathan Shea will be lecturing at the Indian River County Main Library on November 19, 2016 from 1-3 pm for the Polish GIG. He has decades of genealogical research experience which include the US, Poland, Lithuania, Ireland, the UK and Canada.
Pete Kersey will be leading the Writers' GIG meetings for October and November. The scheduled times are October 19 1 PM - 3 PM and November 16 1 PM - 3 PM in the History Room on the IRC Main Library.
Indian River Obituary Index Update
The Indian River County (Florida) Obituary Index has now been updated through June 2016 and now contains more than 110,700 names. Search the index and find out how you can access copies of obituaries at this link.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thanks to Our IRGS Volunteers
Our IRGS Gold Badge - earned for our volunteer support of the National Genealogical Society 2016 Family History Conference, held May 4-7 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Thanks to all the IRGS members who attended, and especially to those who volunteered their time.
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!
2015 - 2016 Meeting Handouts
"There is an App for That" - a presentation by Donna Moughty at our February 9, 2016 meeting. A copy of the handout is available in the Members Only area under Member Resources - 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.
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.
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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
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 email@example.com along with the link to the blog.
Indian River County Obituary Index
This index contains more than 110,700 names for obituaries appearing in Indian River County, Florida newspapers from 1913 through June 2016. Microfilm copies of of the newspapers are available at the Indian River Main Library in Vero Beach, FL. Go to the obituary index.
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.
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.