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Happy St. Patrick's Day


Monday, March 25, 1:00-3:00 PM
Beginning DNA Class Series “Color Clustering Plus”
Lorita Cushman will teach what color clustering is
and how to do it.
$5 for members, $10 for non-members. Register in advance.

Thursday, March 28, 10:30-12:30 PM
, “Finding Your New York State Ancestor, pre-1900”
Karen Asche and Cara Davis-Jacobson will provide
an outline of essential New York State history for researchers, $10 for members, $20 for non-members. Register in advance.


FREE Programs

Tuesday, March 19, 1:00-3:00 PM
Public Program and Member Meeting
Meeting “Gathering Grandpa's Family”
Donna Rae Hays will present the story of how she reunited descendants of her grandfather's brothers and sisters through the use of DNA testing.

Tuesday, March 26, 1:30-2:30 PM
Quilt and Genealogy Talk
“Dora Scheidecker, Master Quilter”
Presented by Sue Waldron.
Dora created unique quilts featuring Jackson County
historical events.

Interest Groups

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

Monday, March 11, 1:00-3:00 PM
Advanced DNA Interest Group

Tuesday, March 12, 1:30-3:00 PM
Family Tree Maker Interest Group

Wednesday, March 13, 1:30-3:00 PM
German Interest Group

Thursday, March 14, 1:30-3:00 PM
Irish Interest Group

Wednesday, March 20, 10:30-12:30 PM
Genetic Genealogy Interest Group


Board Meeting

Monday, March 11, 9:30-12 Noon
Members are welcome. Free to all

Starting in April:

Tutorial Tuesdays will begin on April 2 at 5 p.m.
Read the March eNews for the upcoming schedule of videos.



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

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 03/10/2019