Indian River Genealogical Society

Welcome!

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

Next IRGS Meeting

November Monthly Meeting
 
Tuesday - November 18,  2014
9:30 am
 
Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA
presents
 
Compiling a Military Service Record:
What to do when there are no records? 
 
 
Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA is President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 5300 titles in print. A researcher for more than twenty-eight years, he specializes in the records of the National Archives, problem solving and publishing. Mr. Scott was awarded the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr. Award by APG in 2008 and the UGA Silver Tray Award in 2009. A nationally known lecturer and educator he has appeared on the Ancestry Show and the Neil Leherer News Hour. He brings enthusiasm and a wealth of knowledge to each engagement.  
 
In keeping with our November program tradition, IRGS has asked Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA, to speak to our members and guests on military research. One of the difficulties that you will encounter in military research is that there are no compiled military service records for Regular Army personnel. Therefore it is up to the researcher to create such a compilation. Scott is known for giving energetic and enlightening  lectures, loaded with tips and information one cannot find in the normal course of genealogical research. This is truly a meeting you do not want to miss!
 
NOTE: THE MEETING IS ON THE 3RD TUESDAY DUE TO VENUE AVAILABILITY
 

The Martha Dodd Scholarship

IRGS offers a $500.00 annual scholarship to one member of IRGS to help with genealogy research and education. There will be one reward per year. Deadline for submitting an application is October 31.   A scholarship committee, composed of IRGS members, will review the applications anonymously.
 
 
GOOD LUCK TO ALL!
 

Indian River County FL Obituary Index

Our Indian River County Obituary index is now updated to include listings through September 2014.  It now contains more than 98,700 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

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 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.

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.