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The Library will be closed
Wednesday 27 - Saturday November 30
for Thanksgiving

Spring Seminar 2020

It’s that time of year for RVGS to announce their Spring Seminar 2020. 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. Early registration for members begins Nov. 1, 2019. Open registration begins Jan. 15, 2020. Join us for a day and one half, April 17th & 18th, 2020 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, November 11, 1:00-3:00 PM
Advanced DNA Interest Group, facilitator
Facilitator: Lorita Cushman

Tuesday, November 12, 1:30-3:00 PM
Family Tree Maker Interest Group
Facilitator: Dave Hodson

Thursday, November 14, 1:30-3:00 PM
Irish Interest Group
Facilitator: Bruce McGarvey

Wednesday, November 20, 10:30-12:00 PM,
Genetic Genealogy Interest Group

Facilitators: Donna Rae Hays, Sherri Zucker, and Wendy Purslow

Board Meeting

Monday, November 11, 9:30-12 Noon
Members are welcome.

Public Program

November 19, 1:30-3:00 PM
Member Fair Affair: Out of the Box; Finding Success Through Uncommon Research Approaches"
Presenters: several RVGS members


Wednesday, November 6 = CANCELLED
“Researching German Immigration: Why, How, and Where are the Records?”
by Mary Robsman

Wednesday, November 13, 10:30-12:30 PM
CLASS: “BLM Website for Genealogy”
by Lisa Rice

$10 for members, $20 for non-members

Monday, November 25, 1:00-3:00 PM
Beginning DNA CLASS Series
“X-DNA Inheritance Chart”
by Lorita Cushman
Read the Class Syllabus
$5 for members; $10 for non-members

For more class details, read this class schedule [Image]


Quilt and Genealogy Talk

Tuesday, November 26, 1:30-2:30 PM
Quilt and Genealogy Talk “Creating Medford”
by Pat Harper.

Phipps, Broback, Mingus and Beekman donated the land that became Medford. Pat Harper will explain the role of the railroad, the motivation of the founders, and the early growth of the city. Free to all.


By email: Reception.JCGL @ - By telephone: 541-512-2340.
In person: Library hours: Monday through Saturday 10AM to 4PM. Open until 9PM on Tuesdays.

To view the Scholarship Application Packet- click here

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 11/07/2019