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September - All Month Long:
Surplus Book Sale

See page 7 of
September eNews

for details

Programs and Meetings

Saturday, September 9, 10:30-12:30,
Brick Wall Roundtable - Register in advance.

Ruth Wade will facilitate participant's questions and stumbling blocks in their research with suggestions on how they can break through their brick walls.


The following do not require Registration: 

Monday, September 11, 9:30-12:00 PM
RVGS Board Meeting
Members and the public are welcome.

Tuesday, September 19, 1:30-3:00 PM
General Public Meeting and Public Program
“Member Fair Affair”
Six of our members will share a harvest of Genealogy adventures and discoveries, to encourage and amaze us. Come join the fun.

Tuesday September 26, 1:30-2:30 PM,
Quilts and Genealogy Talk
“Great Aunt Bertha's
Red Work Grange Quilt (1895-1932)”
Charlotte Wirfs will introduce “Aunt Bertha”
and share her Red Work quilt.

September 1st - 30th:
Surplus Book Sale

Interest Groups
Free for members; $5 for nonmembers; Register in advance.

Monday, September 11, 1:00-3:00 PM
DNA Interest group (already tested)

Lorita Cushman will facilitate an advanced DNA Interest Group for those who have had their DNA tested and are interested in sharing information about DNA and related topics.

Tuesday, September 12, 1:30-3:00 PM
Family Tree Maker User Group - PC and MAC users

This group meets to discuss the FTM program and
share ideas with each other.

Tuesday, September 12, 3:30-5:00 PM
German Interest Group
Mary Robsman facilitates this interest group concentrating on German history and research.

Thursday, September 14, 1:30-3:00 PM
Irish Interest Group
Bruce McGarvey moderates this interest group concentrating
on Irish history, culture and researching Irish ancestors.

Wednesday, September 20, 10:30-12:30 PM
Genetic Genealogy Interest Group
Donna Rae Hayes facilitates this group for everyone
interested in Genetic Genealogy.

Monday, September 25, 2:15-4:00 PM
DNA Interest Group (New to Subject)
Lorita Cushman will facilitate this class for those
who have had their DNA tested are interested in sharing information about DNA and related topics.

Tuesday, October 3, 1:30-2:30 PM
Jewish Interest Group [Image]

September 23-29 - Genealogy Week
All classes are free, Register in advance.

Saturday September 23
10:30-12:00PM, How to Get Started
12:30-2:00 PM, Library Resources and Hidden Treasures
2:30-4:00 PM, How to Organize Your Genealogy

Monday, September 25
10:30-12:00 PM, Research Strategy
12:30-2:00 PM, How to Get Started (repeat)

Tuesday, September 26
10:30-12:00 PM, Newspaper Research Tuesday,
3:30-5:00 PM, Daughters of the American Revolution
6:30-8:00 PM, Library Resources and Hidden Treasures (repeat)

Wednesday, September 27
10:30-12:00 PM, Introduction to DNA Research
12:30-2:00 PM, Working with Ancestry

Thursday, September 28
10:30-12:00 PM, How to Organize Your Genealogy (repeat)
12:30-2:00 PM, Computer Research Tips

Friday, September 29
10:30-12:00 PM, Introduction to The Census
12:30-2:00 PM, Beginning Immigration

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 of the society is to inspire interest in genealogy, inform 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

Donate to RVGS

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  If you order anything from Amazon by using the link below, Amazon passes on a portion of the total purchase price to Jackson County Genealogy Library. This only works if you use the link below.

Email us at Info@RVGSLibrary.Org.

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.