Indian River Genealogical Society

Welcome!

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

Next IRGS Meeting

 
Tuesday - March 10, 2015
9:30 am
All Rise! Researching at the County Courthouse
Clyde P. Stickney 
 
Have you ever arrived at a county court house to research your family and been overwhelmed by the large number of different kinds of records available?  How does one know if the kind of family information you need is filed with probate records, land deeds, or civil court proceedings?  This presentation equips you to know the four principal types of records in county courthouses and the kinds of genealogical information that each contains.  It also gives you practical hints to make your courthouse visit a productive and enjoyable experience. 
 
Clyde P. Stickney grew up in Key West, FL, where his family has lived since his gggrandfather, a Florida State Pioneer, shipwrecked in the late 1830s.  His genealogy roots trace to the Bahamas and Barbados.  Clyde has served on the Florida Pioneer Committee for the last five years.  He is the past president of the Halifax Genealogical Society in Ormond Beach and the past vice-president of the Florida State Genealogical Society.  He has published in the APG Quarterly and the Florida Genealogist. 
 
 

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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!
 
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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

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.
 
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. 

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 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 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 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.