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Next IRGS Virtual Meeting



Tuesday October 11, 2022

11am-12:30pm EST

Speaker:  Keira Murphy

Dotting the "I": The Importance of Intentional Intergenerational Inquiry


October speaker Keira Murphy is the founder of Jumpstart Genealogy, a resource dedicated to researching and preserving family histories with an emphasis on new ways to engage the next generation of genealogists. Murphy, the former Head of Saint Edward’s Middle School, Vero Beach continues to share her passion for education by integrating genealogy-based curriculum into schools or homeschool programs.

Murphy believes that learning genealogy research skills is integral to learning all history and can be adapted for all ages, as well as a variety of academic disciplines. 

Originally founded in 2017 to support teachers and schools looking for innovative ways to integrate genealogy concepts in the classroom, the company’s mission has expanded to educating everyone, regardless of age, who is interested in learning about their family history. 

We support those who wish to become members of a genealogy-based historical society, assist those with analyzing DNA results to help find an unknown person, and collaborate with legacy consultants to provide families answers to their questions regarding familial wealth. Visit to learn more. 

The virtual program will begin at 11:00 am with a brief business meeting and is FREE and open to the public. Advance pre-registration is required for this meeting. This meeting of the society will be via Zoom. 


To register, click here:  IRGS Meeting Registration

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing an “invitation” and information/link for joining the virtual meeting/webinar. About 10 minutes before our scheduled meeting time click on the blue "Join Meeting" button in your invitation. We will join you at the time of the meeting and will then proceed with our scheduled presentation.
Please address questions to

October IRGS Outdoor Social

 Next Outdoor Social on Friday, October 7, 2022 starting at 11am
This event is scheduled monthly in lieu of in-person meetings at the library.
NEW-We will alternate between Saturdays and Fridays each month.
Feel free to bring your lunch and a chair.
See friends and share what you have been researching and organizing.
Rain or Shine.
  Laura (Riding) Jackson Historic Home and Pole Barn
  6155 College Lane, Vero Beach, FL (Indian River State College Campus
  (behind the left side of the Brackett Library)
It was great to see each other in person!

New Member Offer

Our Society begins meeting in September 2022.  We encourage anyone interested in joining, to do so at that time by clicking here or using the Membership button on the menu to the left. By joining in September, your membership will immediately become active and you will be a member for the remainder of 2022 AND ALL of 2023. Your support enables us to offer quality programs and for you to meet other members through:
Monthly in-person Socials on alternating first Friday and Saturday monthly
Monthly virtual webinars including recordings and handouts on second Tuesday monthly
Monthly Newsletters
Annual $500 Martha Dodd Scholarship eligibility
Monthly Genealogy Interest Groups including German, Irish, DNA, Write Life, and Special Research Topics
Society Website with videos and tips
Facebook group for updates and items of interest
Please direct questions to
Our active season runs monthly from September through May. 


Upcoming 2022-23 Programs










The Irish GIG will meet virtually on Tuesday October 4 at 2:00pm.  Planning Review for 2022-23 Season and Member Sharing of recent visits to Ireland.


The German GIG will meet virtually on Thursday October 13 at 3:30pm.  "Getting Started with Your German Research" 


The DNA GIG will meet virtually on Thursday October 20 at 2pm.  "DNA Wildcards: Multiple Connections, Pedigree Collapse and Endogamy"


The Write Life group will meet virtually on the second and fourth Thursday each month at 1:30 pm.  A new session is planned for September and anyone interested can signup by contacting


The Mid-Atlantic States GIG will meet virtually on Friday October 28 at 2pm.  The group will discuss the next area of exploration and may adjust to another area of the U.S.


The Swedish GIG has been suspended.


Contact the GIG leaders to join or email to be added to a GIG distribution (please specify which GIG)  The GIGs welcome new members!  We ask all GIG members maintain an active IRGS membership.

Great News from

The Genealogy Department's research room is now open evenings and weekends!  They will be open the same hours as the Main Library.
Monday, Thursday 10am - 8pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm

Beginner's Introduction to DNA

We invite anyone interested in learning more about the basics of DNA testing and analysis to review the following video prepared by our DNA Genealogy Interest Group Leader, Janet Hunter.
We encourage you to join our DNA GIG by becoming a member of our society to view additional educational videos of our past meetings.

Check out our Facebook page to see the latest announcements and suggestions. We post many announcements that come to our society that may not be reported on our website. 

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