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Classes, Programs and Events
for October

Tuesday, October 9, 10:30-12:30 PM
Ancestry DNA, Picking the Plums and Crumbs Attendees will be shown how to determine the identity of their Ancestry DNA matches
$10 for members, $20 for non-members.
Register in advance.

Saturday, October 13, 10:30-12:30 PM
Brick Wall Roundtable
Facilitator will help all participants in hope that they will have break throughs in their brick walls.
Free to all.

Tuesday, October 16, 1:30-3:00 PM
Member Meeting and Public Program: “Discovering Family through Artifacts”
We will learn how we might get clues to our family history through the items they left behind.
Free to all

Monday, October 22, 1:00-3:00 PM,
Beginning DNA Class:
4 major DNA testing sites This will be the beginning DNA class in the monthly series $5 for members, $10 for non-members

Tuesday, October 23, 10:30-12:30 PM
Google Earth class
We will learn how to use Google Earth with our Genealogy search
$10 for members, $20 for non-members
Register in advance.

Tuesday, October 23, 1:30-2:30 PM
Quilt and Genealogy Talk
“My Mom, Verta Dodson”
Verta’s mother died when she was 15, the oldest daughter
with six siblings. Later she was the mother of 12
and found time to make quilts. Free to all.

Board Meeting

Monday, October 8, 9:30-12 Noon
Members are welcome. Free to all


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

Monday, October 8, 1-3 PM
Advanced DNA Interest Group

Tuesday, October 9, 1:30-3:00 PM
Family Tree Maker Interest Group PC and MAC users.

Wednesday, October 10, 1:30-3:00 PM,
German Interest Group

Thursday, October 11, 1:30-3:00 PM
Irish Interest Group

Wednesday, October 17, 10:30-12:00 PM
Genetic Genealogy Interest Group


Tuesday Tutorial Videos

Tutorial Tuesday Videos will be held every Tuesday evening October 2 through November 20th.
Times: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Schedule of topics will be announced.
Free to members. $5 day use fee for non-members.



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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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 09/30/2018