Indian River Genealogical Society


Welcome to our Indian River Genealogical Society (IRGS) web site
You will find updates on many of our recent IRGS activities here.

Next IRGS Meeting

Tuesday - September 8, 2015
9:30 am
"Listen the the Land: Understanding Your Ancestors' Property Records"
presented by:  Amy Giroux

Memorial Island and Arlington Cemetery

This summer consider a visit to Memorial Island and walk through its amazing grounds. And as you absorb the beauty of the red and white oleander flowers or listen to the chop of the Indian River consider the men honored there.  You will find this island refuge has hallowed ground connected to our nation's most hallowed memorial, Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC
This report was compiled from work that the crew studied the veterans of Memorial Island completed plus my visits to Arlington National Cemetery.  It  has taken over four years to get to this point.  But, it is testimony to the passion of Tom & Nancy Garvey, Dave Gorman, Judy Youngerman, Walter & Diane Chazotte, Pete Kersey and Howard Kettler.  As we look to Memorial Day, this is a reminder that our liberties come with enormous cost.

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!
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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.  
To watch the videos, CLICK ON THIS LINK.
You can also downloand the syllabi for many of the sessions at this link.

2015 Meeting Handouts

Some Helpful Resources in Getting Started with Evernote for Genealogy - a presentation by Bob Inhoff at our May 12 meeting.  Download a copy here.   Also pdf copy of slides introducing Evernote
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.

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.