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  Dear RVGS Members,

The Board of Directors has proposed some changes to the Bylaws for the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society.
The changes are proposed in order to bring the Society more in line with State law, allow more flexibility in governance of the society, allow for more flexibility in appointing directors to the Board, bring our policies in line with practices, while still ensuring protection for the Society as a whole and complying with State of Oregon laws for non-profits.

Please click here to download the proposed changes in a PDF file.

In accordance to the Bylaws, the Board will bring them to the general membership for a vote at the next regular Society meeting in May. If you have questions or concerns, please email President Anne Billeter at president.rvgs @

RVGS Board of Directors

April Class

Friday, April 27, 10:30-12:30 PM
Family Tree Maker Class “Sources”

Charleen Brown will teach the second
in the series, emphasizing Sources.
$10 for members, $20 for non-members.
Register in advance.



Free Programs

Tuesday, April 24, 1:30-2:30 PM,
Quilt and Genealogy Talk
“Maryum's Yellow Rose” presented by Anne Billeter


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


Monday, April 23, 1:00-3:00 PM
Beginning DNA Interest Group

Thursday, April 26, 10:30-12:30 PM
Mac Computer Users Interest Group


Other Events:

Saturday, April 7, 14, 28 - 10:00AM – 4:00 PM
Free library tours.


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

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

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.

Last Updated 04/23/2018