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Spring Seminar

We are pleased to have John P. Colletta, PhD, from Washington D.C. as our guest speaker. He will take us through the many steps to learn about immigration research. Dr. Colletta is a popular genealogy speaker around the country and known for his delightful presentations, combining humor and factual information.
Open registration begins January 15, 2020.
Join us for a day and one half, April 17th & 18th at JCGL. Seating is limited.

View the registration form for the the classes and details -- Read Dr. Colletta's biography

Special Interest Groups

Free for members; $5 for non-members;
Register in advance.

Monday, February 10, 1:00-3:00 PM
Advanced DNA Interest Group -
facilitator: Lorita Cushman

Tuesday, February 11, 1:30-3:00 PM
Family Tree Maker Interest Group -
facilitator: Dave Hodson

Tuesday, February 11, 3:15-4:45 PM
German Interest Group -
facilitator: Mary Robsman

Wednesday, February 12, 10:30-12:00 PM
Genetic Genealogy Interest Group -
facilitator: Donna Rae Hays

Thursday, February 13, 1:30-3:00 PM
Irish Interest Group -
facilitator: Bruce McGarvey


Programs and Meetings

Brick Wall Roundtable
Saturday, February 15, 10:30-12:30 PM
Facilitators: Marilyn Ayres and Denise Salthouse
Are you stuck? Bring your information: who, when, and where your ancestor was, and what research resources you've searched.
Free to all

Tuesday, February 18, 1:30-3:00 PM
Program and Member Meeting:
“The United Foundation Trust or Uftuddies”
led by SOU faculty member Maureen Battistella.
What was the purpose of this secret society of women PhDs active at Southern Oregon University from 1953-1968?
Free to all.

Tuesday, February 25, 1:30-2:30 PM
Quilt and Genealogy Talk,
“McKinnis Postage Stamp Quilt”
Anne Billeter will talk about this interesting quilt made in the 1930's by Talent resident Mary Ann McKinnis for her oldest daughter, Lena Luella as a way to use up the tiniest scraps of fabric left over from sewing.



Wednesday, February 5, 1:30-3:00 PM
Genealogy Jargon
Pat Jenkins will share her knowledge of some of those pesky words genealogists use, but newcomers have never heard of! Free to all.

Thursday, February 6, 1:00-3:00 PM
"Researching Jackson County People"
Anne Billeter will show us how to harness the power of a
site-specific Google search to find all of the information
in the RVGS/JCGL indexes.
$10 members; $20 non-members.

Friday, February 14, 1:30-3:00 PM
Family Tree Maker
Instructor Vern Weaver will teach about how to use the Media
workspace in the software program Family Tree Maker.
$5 for members, $10 for non-members.

Thursday, February 20, 10:30-12:30 PM
“Searching for Records in FamilySearch”

Rich Miles shows how to search the records of the
largest genealogy organization in the world.
$10 for members, $20 for non-members.

Monday, February 24, 1:00-3:00 PM
Beginning DNA CLASS Series:
“GEDmatch, I've joined, I see my Matches, NOW WHAT”
Lorita Cushman will teach you about the different tools on
GEDmatch and how to use them.
$5 for members, $10 for non-members.

Thursday, February 27, 10:30-12:30 PM
“Planning a Successful and Fun Family Reunion
and Creating a Family Memory Book”

Marilyn Ayres and Barbara Grimes will present strategies,
themes, timeline, tips and pitfalls to avoid in creating
a great family reunion.
$10 for members, $20 for non-members.

For a full description of classes, click here

Board Meeting

Monday, February 10, 9:30-12 Noon
Members are welcome.

Who We Are
The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society (RVGS) is located in Southern Oregon in the Rogue River Valley. Initial settlement in the valley was spurred by a gold strike in Jacksonville Oregon, thus accounting for our logo, the happy miner who represents the activity of digging for gold in genealogy records. RVGS was founded in 1966 and now owns and operates the Jackson County Genealogy Library (JCGL), the largest collection of genealogical materials in Southern Oregon. To access the library website, follow this link, JCGL.

The mission statement of Rogue Valley Genealogical Society, Inc. is to inspire interest in genealogy, inform and educate the public, and maintain a growing sustainable library with a strong online presence.

The objectives of the society are to

  • to secure information of a genealogical nature from public and private records by way of historical research as well as indexing and abstracting
  • to provide for the preservation and publication of results
  • to preserve and protect the collection for future generations
  • to acquire by gift, purchase or other means, genealogical materials including books, maps, films, fiche, electronic media, documents, records and artifacts of genealogical and historical interest, and to preserve and protect these for future use
  • to acquire funds from membership dues, donations, and fees, and to acquire by gift, purchase or other means, personal and real property in order to support the Society's purposes
  • to cooperate and/or affiliate with other nonprofit entities/organizations with like purposes

To accomplish these objectives, RVGS promotes the following activities:
  • Presentation of programs containing historical and/or genealogical information at general meetings and seminars
  • Provision of genealogy classes at the library on a range of topics designed for beginners to experts.
  • Publication of a eNewsletter, Between Us Diggers, that outlines society activities and contains genealogical information
  • Expansion of the JCGL collection through volunteer activities such as the Jackson County Cemetery project
  • Maintenance of the Pioneer and Early Settler Certificate program for descendants of Jackson County Oregon pioneers

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Our Location: Jackson County Genealogy Library is located at 3405 South Pacific Highway in Medford OR just south of South Stage Road and between "All Natural Pest Elimination" and "Hemingway Vintage Homes". Follow this link, Map for a map to our location.

Photo credits: All photos are the property of RVGS and/or its volunteers, except Rogue River Panorama, property of John Kupersmith, used with his permission.

Last Updated 02/26/2020