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 Initial settlement in the valley was spurred by a gold strike in Jacksonville Oregon, but agriculture later superseded gold as the major economic activity in this area. The Rogue Valley is now renowned for its fruits and wines and Medford’s symbol is the pear, as illustrated in the vintage posters shown at the right.
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 objectives of the society are to acquire genealogical research and educational materials; to preserve and protect the JCGL collection; to maintain a library of genealogical and historical interest; and to educate interested persons on the value of genealogy. To accomplish these objectives, RVGS promotes the following activities:
- Presentation of programs containing historical and/or genealogical information at general meetings
- Provision of genealogy classes at the library on a range of topics designed for beginners to experts.
- Publication of a newsletter, 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