WELCOME TO THE JULIAN W. LOWENSTEIN
ARCHIVE CENTER & GENEALOGY DEPARTMENT
Indian River County Main Library, 1600 21st Street, Vero Beach, Florida 32960
Phone: 772-770-5060 x5  Email: genealogy@irclibrary.org
Open: Monday-Friday 10 am to Noon and 1-5 pm; Closed for lunch each day from 12-1 pm
We are CLOSED Saturdays & Sundays
Other areas in the library have longer hours. Please visit www.irclibrary.org for more information.

GUIDES AND INDEXES

 

Indian River County History

Florida History

CITY Directories

Family Search Microfilm

Finding Aids

Maps

Microfilm Guide

Microfiche Guide

Pathfinders

Rustin Military Collection


HeritageQuest Online

(Must have your library card.)

Access Instructions  

 

Newsbank Newspapers

(Must have your library card.)

 

19th Century U.S. Newspaper Digital Archive

(Must have your library card.)


The following items are unique to our collection and may not exist anywhere else in Florida. Email staff for information on how to receive a photocopy of the page.

Index to The American Annual Monitor ... or, Obituary of the members of the Society of Friends in America Vol. 1-6 1857-1862


Index to Decisions of the Department of the Interior: in cases of the United States granting and governing pensions. United States. Department of the Interior Washington: G.P.O. (1887-1930)-22 Vols.

Access Library Catalog Here

 

Beginner's Kit

 

Do you want to read a book that has a genealogy theme? Click here

 

The Indian River County Main Library is an official Family History Center. Customers have access to two million rolls of microfilm owned by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Films are available for rent or indenfinite loan at www.familysearch.org/films. Ordering is done by individuals and then sent to the Indian River County Main Library. Microfilms may NOT be removed from the library, but they can remain on indefinite loan.

GENEALOGY BOOKMARKS:
http://www.irclibrary.org/bookmarks/librarybookmark.htm

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY OBITUARY INDEX:

 

Please do not call for a look up. Contact us by Email or by regular mail. We ask that you limit your request to no more than FIVE obituaries. Allow up to two weeks for a response. There is NO CHARGE for the email service.

 

 

PHOTOCOPY BY REGULAR MAIL: Click Here for: mail request policy


 

Documenting the history of IRC Buildings

 

Are you curious about the history of your home or a building in Indian River County?

 

If you are interested, click on the link above and print the guide on how to research. Then, plan a visit to the Archive Center. There are many resources that you will find very interesting.

 

 

 

The two story Main Library opened February 1st, 1991. A bequest to the library by the Julian W. Lowenstein family in 1985 asked that the funds be used to help construct a new library building. In return, the family asked that a room or wing be named in the memory of Julian W. Lowenstein. The Florida History and Genealogy Department, the terrace (now replaced by the reference department) and the reading room were used for that purpose. Additional funds were used for upgraded shelving, carpeting, computers and cabinets in the genealogy department. The purchase of the entire U.S. census (on microfilm) from 1790-1860 was also achieved at that time.

In 1998-99, the growth of the library was apparent in the annual statistics reported to the state library. Our library was number one or two in the state of Florida (per capita) in many categories such as attendance at adult programs and new borrowers. The county commissioners approved funds for the expansion of children's, reference and genealogy departments.  When built in 1991, the genealogy department had approximately 1000 square feet. In 2002, we have approximately 4000 square feet, which includes the outside area where the microforms and equipment are located. A new Florida and local history room has been added.

In April 2005, it became apparent after Hurricanes Jeanne and Francis that many people felt the library would be the best place to donate their family materials and documents. The Indian River County Historical Society made a decision to move all their photographs (5000+) and documents (20+ boxes) to our local history room. A decision was made at that time to name this area the "Archive Center."  In order to do that, we needed to remove all wooden shelving and replace it with archival-safe metal shelves. We had our first open house on October 15, 2005.

Currently, the department has over 35,000 titles, 40,000 microfiche, 6,000 microfilm, 8 computers and wireless access.

ABOUT THE GENEALOGY DEPARTMENT
WHERE, HOW AND WHAT?
Need help learning about our resources? Click on pathfinders.
 
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING
DIRECTIONS AND PARKING
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY MAIN LIBRARY WEB SITE
MAIL ORDER REQUESTS
INTER-LIBRARY LOANS
25 REASONS TO VISIT OUR LIBRARY 
GENERAL RULES & POLICIES
COMPUTER ACCESS
COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY & MISSION STATEMENT
 PATHFINDERS

 

BEGINNER'S KIT FOR FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH

WHAT DO WE HAVE?

CENSUS & CENSUS INDEXES
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
FLORIDA HISTORY
PERIODICALS

MICROFILM GUIDE

MILITARY RECORDS
MAPS, ATLASES & GAZETTEER
MICROFICHE GUIDE
FAMILY HISTORIES & VERTICAL FILES
The Indian River Genealogical Society, Inc. was organized April 1983. From their earliest beginnings, IRGS helped build the basic collection and continued their support through their annual budget for the sole purpose of purchasing new books for the library. May 1997, the society purchased a map file which holds many old and rare maps to help genealogists with their research. The library and the society continue to work cohesively through indexing projects, financial support and volunteers. We have over 20 volunteers and they work a combined total of 30-50 hours a week. [2005 (3080 hours); 2006 (4106 hours); 2007 (3888) ]  Without their support, the department would not be able to function smoothly. They provide services to the library such as: processing materials, assisting patrons, shelving and keeping books in order, filing, updating vertical files, staffing the department when staff is not available and many other office needs.
Send comments or questions to the librarian at: genealogy@irclibrary.org
 Created on 15 July 1997.
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