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will be closed for Thanksgiving
November 21-24

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

Thursday, November 8, 1:30-3:00 PM
Irish Interest Group

Monday, November 12, 1-3 PM
Advanced DNA Interest Group

Tuesday, November 13, 1:30-3:00 PM
Family Tree Maker Interest Group
PC and MAC users.

Wednesday, November 14, 10:30-12:00 PM
Genetic Genealogy Interest Group

Wednesday, November 14, 1:30-3:00 PM
German Interest Group


Tuesday Tutorials
Free to members. $5 day use fee for non-members.

Tuesday, November 6, 5-6 PM and 7-8 PM
“United States Naturalization Records”
A Family Search Learning Center video by Tim Bingaman. Learn about the process by which a native or citizen of one country becomes a citizen of a different country.

Tuesday, November 13, 5-6 PM and 7-8 PM
“Timelines and Chronologies – Secrets of Success”
A Family Tree Webinar by Geoff Rassmussen. The talk includes: Benefits of using a timeline in your genealogical research; What a good timeline includes; Methods of creating a timeline; How to embed historical events into an ancestor's timeline.

Tuesday, November 20, 5-6 PM and 7-8 PM
“United States Probate Records”

A Family Search Learning Center video by Tim Bingaman. Probate records include more than just wills. This video examines what is included in probate records and how these records can help you flesh out a family history.


Board Meeting

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

Classes, Programs and Events
for November

Monday, November 19, 10:30-12:00 Noon
“Strategies For Research”
Barbara Northrop will present this class to show us the way to research more efficiently, help us plan a strategy that will maximize our library time and find more “hits.”
$10 for members, $20 for non-members.
Register in advance.

Monday, November 26, 1:00-3:00 PM
Beginning DNA Class Series “X-DNA Inheritance Chart”
Lorita Cushman will teach the importance of
matching someone on the X-Chromosome
and how to make a X-DNA inheritance chart.
$5 for members, $10 for non-members

Tuesday, November 20, 1:30-3:00 PM
Public Program and Member Meeting
“The Great White Fleet” by Leslie Compton.
This Goodwill Mission set up by President Theodore Roosevelt enhanced America's reputation worldwide. Hear about this piece of American History and see photographs from the seamen who piloted the ships on their tour.
Free to all.

Tuesday, November 27, 1:30-2:30 PM
Quilt and Genealogy Talk
“Gin Lin and Chinese Workers in Southern Oregon
by Pat Harper.
Gin Lin was a successful mine boss in spite of the law and prejudices against Chinese. What was life like in Southern Oregon for Gin Lin and other Chinese miners?
Free to all.


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 11/10/2018