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Next IRGS Meeting
What Can Your Ancestor’s Religion Reveal About Them?
The Indian River Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that Ms. Debra S. Fleming will speak at its regular monthly meeting on April 14, 2015. The meeting is to be held in the first floor meeting room at the Indian River County Main Library, 1600 21st Street, Vero Beach. The business meeting convenes at 9:30AM followed by refreshments and the lecture, which begins at 10:30AM . This meeting is free and open to the public.
Debra S. Fleming is the principal of the Ancestry Detective™, LLC a genealogical research firm founded in Pasco County, Florida. She has been a practicing genealogist for 15 years, trading her research time between her New England immigrant ancestors and her husband’s southern colonials. Debra is the genealogy instructor for the University of South Florida OSHER Lifelong Learning Center where she earned her ROLL OF HONOR Faculty Member status in 2010. She is a graduate of Florida State University, where she majored in Creative Writing and minored in her passion, Religion. You can learn more about Debra S. Fleming at www.theancestry.detective.com
When Conducting Genealogy Research it quickly becomes apparent that the beliefs of our ancestors influenced their life choices in a myriad of ways. Therefore, it must play the same role in our research. Understanding the beliefs of our ancestors i.e.: what they believed and how they practiced their beliefs in historical context may shed light on possible migration patterns, activities of daily life and even their associations and business choices. Each Religion has its own history, its own battles for legitimacy, and their fight for the freedom to worship as they pleased. It is through these lenses that we must view our ancestors or the true picture of their lives is missing valuable context. This lecture illustrates the age-old question: Why is religion relevant...to my research?
For questions about this meeting, please call 772 444-7470 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please access the society’s website at www.irgs.org
to learn more about membership and upcoming events.
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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!
RootsTech 2015 Videos
RootsTech, the largest genealogy conferences in the world, took place Feb 11-14 in Salt Lake City. Even though we were not in Salt Lake City, we can still take advantage of several FREE sessions, including the Keynote Addresses and selected classes.
You can also downloand the syllabi for many of the sessions at this link.
Who DO You Think You Are? Returns
Who do You Think You are returned to The Learning Chanel with new episodes beginning on Sunday, March 8 at 10 pm EDT.
2015 Valentine Seminar
170 people gathered on Saturday, February 7 at the Richardson Center at Indian River State College to hear Lisa Louise Cooke share many helpful ideas on how to utilize technology to advance their genealogical 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.
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 email@example.com for more information.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org along with the link to the blog.
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.
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.
Upcoming Regional Meetings