Indian River Genealogical Society

2014 Family History Expo

OCTOBER 4 AND 5, 2014 
Free and open to the public!! Come for an hour or spend the day!!
There will be onsite assistance to help you get started on filling in the branches of your personal family tree. There are lots of surprises in store…so don’t miss the biggest family history/genealogy display of the year!!!
OCTOBER 4, 2014 10:00am to 4:00PM
McAfee Hall at the First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach
520 Royal Palm Blvd, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Let us introduce you to a hidden treasure of Indian River County: THE ARCHIVE CENTER AND GENEALOGY DEPARTMENT, at the Indian River County Main Library.  Nationally recognized as one of the best small town libraries for genealogy/family history research.
October 5, 2014 1:00pm to 3:00pm
IRC Main Library, 2nd Floor, Archive Center and Genealogy Department
1600 21st Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960


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Next IRGS Meeting

Tuesday - October 14,  2014
9:30 am
What’s Black and White and Read Online: Using Online Newspapers In Genealogy
The Indian River Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that Diana Crisman Smith, will speak at its regular monthly meeting on October 14, 2014 to be held in the first floor multimedia room of the Indian River County Main Library, 1600 21st Street, Vero Beach. The business meeting will convene at 9:30AM followed by refreshments and Ms. Smith’s presentation at 10:30AM. This meeting is free and open to the public.
Mrs. Smith has been researching since childhood and served as a lay librarian at a local Family History Center for more than 20 years. She has written for numerous genealogical publications, such as the NGS News Magazine and the APG Quarterly. She serves as Treasurer of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE), Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), Florida State Genealogical Society and was Past District Director of Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). Diana has spoken at conferences around the country (and at sea!) over the last fifteen years.
Researching our ancestors is more than who, what, and where – we should really understand the why or how as well. One of the most interesting sources for this information is contemporary newspapers – and now, many are becoming available online. Learn tips to use and traps to avoid to make your research more effective. This program will appeal to every level of family history researcher from beginners to the more advanced.

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.

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

Indian River County FL Obituary Index

The Indian River County Obituary Index on our IRGS website now contains more than 89,000 names covering the area which is now Indian River County from 1913 through April 2013.
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.

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 along with the link to the blog.
New to Genealogy Blogs?   Perhaps you would like to try a free new online genealogy magazine Going In-Depth a part of  the In-Depth Genealogist blog
You can click on the image to open the magazine.
There are many interesting articles in the August issue's 64 pages.  You "flip" through them like a magazine.   You can also register to receive a notice of when new issues of the free magazine are ready.

What's New

Indian River County Obituary Index
This index contains more than 89,000 names for obituaries appearing in Indian River County, Florida newspapers from 1913 through April 2013. 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.