Indian River Genealogical Society


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Next IRGS Meeting

Tuesday - February 10, 2015
9:30 am
They Came By the Millions! Immigration to the USA from 1880 to 1924  
The Indian River Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that Mr. Mark Fearer will speak at its regular monthly meeting on February 10, 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 gathering is free and open to the public.  
Mark Fearer is a professional genealogist who lectures, teaches and writes on the topic via his company, Ancestral Discovery. He has pursued family history since 1984 and has recently relocated from Colorado to Tamarac, Florida. He has researched in many local, state and federal archives, plus is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society and a number of local genealogy societies. Mr. Fearer has attended a variety of national and international genealogy conferences, along with the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research, and Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. Although he specializes in Jewish genealogy, he works with many non-Jewish clients. For more information, please visit his website at
This lecture is one not to be missed for those who have ancestors coming to the USA from ‘across the pond.’ Which is actually most of us!! We are a country of immigrants, and the process of how they arrived plus the records created in that route, are key to understanding our ancestral origins. Mr. Fearer’s talk will focus on U.S. immigration from 1880-1924, which encompassed the largest influx of people coming to this country; usually for economic, political or family reasons. He’ll discuss some myths, the bureaucracy that is critical to finding those immigrant ancestors, along with how and where they likely arrived. Mark will also outline some solutions for brick wall head-thumpers in locating records.

January 2015 Meeting Handout

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.

Free Beginning Genealogy Classes

Interested in an overview of how to get started researching your family history?   Register for the free Beginning Genealogy class offered by the Indian River Genealogical Society.   The next available classes are scheduled for Fridays, January 23 and 30 with another on March 20 and 27.   Classes will meet in the History Room on the second floor of the Indian River Main Library.   Please sign up at the Archive and Genealogy Department at the Indian River Main Library to register.  Or you can register by email at   Please include your telephone number.

Coming Soon

The 2015 Valentine Genealogy Seminar
Saturday, February 7, 2015
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Richardson Center, IRSC Mueller Campus, Vero Beach
Featuring Lisa Louise Cooke
Family History Author, Speaker & Media Producer of The Genealogy Gems Podcast
Ultimate Google Search Strategies & Tips
Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers
Time Travel with Google Earth
How to Reopen and Work a Genealogical Cold Case
Please note:  This seminar is sold out.   Please register early for next year's conference.   You may also check out our IRGS montly speakers.  Programs are listed here on our IRGS website.
This seminar is being sponsored by the Indian River Genealogical Society,  the Brevard Genealogical Society, the Genealogical Society of South Brevard and theTreasure Coast Genealogical Society.

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 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 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 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.