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Classes and Workshops

Saturday, May 18, 1:00-4:00 PM -
“DNA Painter”
$15 for members, $25 for non-members.
Register in advance.

Wednesday, May 22, 11:00-1:00 PM -
“A Dorty Spotted Cow, Six Old Baggs
and a Looking Glass using Probate Records”
$10 for members, $20 for non-members.
Register in advance.

FREE Programs

Saturday, May 11, 10:30-12:30 PM
Brick Wall Round Table

Tuesday, May 21, 1:30-3:00 PM
Public Program and Member Meeting “
The Suicide of William A. James – More Than Meets the Eye.” Kate Eakman, from Legacy Tree Genealogists

Tuesday, May 28, 1:30-2:30 PM
Quilt and Genealogy Talk

“Aunt Marg’s Quilt” Presented by Judy Tonn.

Interest Groups

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

Wednesday, May 8, 1:30-3:00 PM
German Interest Group

Thursday, May 9, 1:30-3:00 PM
Irish Interest Group

Monday, May 13, 1:00-3:00 PM
Beginning and Advanced DNA Interest Group

Tuesday, May 14, 1:30-3:00 PM
Family Tree Maker Interest Group

Wednesday, May 15, 10:30-12:30 PM
Genetic Genealogy Interest Group


Board Meeting

Monday, May 13, 9:30-12 Noon
Members are welcome. Free to all


Tutorial Tuesdays

Free for members, $5 for non-members.
Each webinar will be shown twice,
once at 5:00 PM and again at 7:00 PM.

May 7 - “Timelines and Chronologies”
May 14 - “Military Structure”
May 21 - “Cemeteries and Death Records
May 28 - “Adoption and Genealogy Research”



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

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society 2019 High School Scholarship Program


The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society is pleased to again offer a $1,500 scholarship to a Jackson County, Oregon, graduating senior for study at an Oregon college or university in the 2019-2020 school year. Application packets have been sent to area high schools or click here for a copy. Students have until February 22, 2019 to complete and return the applications with their supporting documents and letters of recommendation either by mail or in person to the Scholarship Chairman at the Jackson County Genealogy Library located at 3405 S Pacific Highway, Medford, OR 97501. Please note that we do not accept online applications. Home schooled students can contact the high school through which they will receive their diploma for details.

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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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.

Last Updated 05/01/2019