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Spring Seminar

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.
Open registration begins January 15, 2020.
Join us for a day and one half, April 17th & 18th at JCGL. Seating is limited.

View the registration form for the the classes and details -- Read Dr. Colletta’s biography


Applications for our Scholarship Program for 2020 are being accepted until February 22.
Read more about it by clicking here.

Special Interest Groups

Free for members; $5 for non-members;
Register in advance.

Wednesday, Jan. 8th, 10:30 AM-Noon
Genetic Genealogy,
Facilitator:Donna Rae Hays

Thursday, January 9, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Irish Interest Group, facilitator:
Facilitator: Bruce McGarvey

Monday, January 13, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Advanced DNA Interest Group, facilitator:
Facilitator: Lorita Cushman

Tuesday, January 14, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Family Tree Maker Interest Group
Facilitator: Dave Hodson

Tuesday, January 14, 3:15-4:45 p.m.
German Interest Group

Facilitator: Mary Robsman


Programs and
General Membership Meeting

Tuesday, January 21, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
“Central Point, A Crossroads Through Time”
Presented by Alice Mullaly.

Tuesday, Jan. 28th, 1:30 PM - 2:30 p.m.
Quilt and Genealogy Talk, “Smith Family Quilts”

Native American Tom Smith will share his family’s collection of quilts made in Missouri between 1920 and 1980.
Free to all.


Tuesday, January 7, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m
Beginning Genealogy Class
Barbara Northrop will help get you started doing your Genealogy. Free to all.

Thursday, January 16, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Family Tree Maker
Barbara MacMillen will teach how to start building
a family tree by entering people into FTM.
$5 for members, $10 for non-members.

Thursday, January 23, 10:30-12:30 p.m.
“Using Google Earth”
Rich Miles will present this class.
$10 for members, $20 for Non-members.

Monday, January 27, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Beginning DNA Class
“What Else Can I do With my Raw DNA?
Lorita Cushman will present this class.
$5 for members, $10 for non-members.

Thursday, January 30, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Family Tree Maker
Bruce McGarvey will show how to develop and enter sources into FTM software.
$5 for members, $10 for Non-members.

For a full description of classes, click here


Board Meeting

Monday, January 13, 9:30-12 Noon
Members are welcome.

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 01/17/2020