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Spring Seminar 2020

Itís that time of year for RVGS to announce their Spring Seminar 2020. 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. Early registration for members begins Nov. 1, 2019. Open registration begins Jan. 15, 2020. Join us for a day and one half, April 17th & 18th, 2020 at JCGL. Seating is limited.

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

Special Interest Groups

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

Tuesday, October 8, 1:30-3:00 PM
Family Tree Maker Interest Group
facilitator: Dave Hodson

Tuesday, October 8, 3:15-4:45 PM
German Interest Group
facilitator: Mary Robsman

Thursday, October 10, 1:30-3:00 PM
Irish Interest Group
facilitator: Bruce McGarvey

Monday, October 14, 1:00-3:00 PM
Advanced DNA Interest Group
facilitator: Lorita Cushman

Wednesday, October 16, 10:30-12:00 PM
Genetic Genealogy Interest Group
Facilitators: Donna Rae Hays,
Sherri Zucker, and Wendy Purslow

Thursday, October 17, 10:30-12:00 Noon
Getting Started: Questions and Answers About Your Genealogy
and How RVGS Can Help You,”

Facilitators: Andrea Patterson and Barbara Northrop


Board Meeting

Monday, October 14, 9:30-12 Noon
Members are welcome.

General Membership Meeting

Tuesday, October 15, 1:30-3:00 PM
“Brainstorming our Future”

Topics of discussion are Membership, Services,
Communication, and Facilities.

Brick Wall

Saturday, October 12, 10:30-12:30
“Brick Wall,” facilitator:
Ruth Wade and Sherri Zucker

Join us as we brainstorm your and others’
genealogy brick walls. Free to all.


$10 for members, $20 for non-members.

Friday, October 18, 1:00-3:00 PM
“Writing and Publishing Memoirs”
by Catherine Greenspan

This class will demonstrate how to write
and publish your memoirs.

Wednesday, October 23, 10:30-12:30 PM
“Using American Part I”
by Dave Horton

Part 1 of this two-part class on searching the digital
collections of NEHGS for New England roots

Monday, October 28, 1:00-3:00 PM
“Sneak Peak: 23 and Me, Ancestry,
Family Tree DNA, My Heritage”
by Lorita Cushman.

Learn a little bit about the four major DNA testing sites

Wednesday, October 30, 10:30-12:30 PM
Using American Part II”
by Dave Horton

Part 2 of this two-part presentation on searching
the digitized collection of NEHGS

Wednesday, November 6, 1:30-3:00 PM
“Researching German Immigration: Why, How, and Where are the Records?”
by Mary Robsman

What were the reasons people from the
Germanic countries decided to emigrate

For more details, read this class schedule

Tutorial Tuesdays

Free for members, $5 for non-members, 5-6 PM.
Register in Advance.

Tuesday, October 1
“How to Research Your Polish Ancestors”

Tuesday, October 8
“Genealogical Research Stories”

Tuesday, October 15
“Genealogy-Is There a Friend in Your Tree?
Early Quaker Research”

Tuesday, October 22
“Coming to America: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors”

Tuesday, October 29
“Your Civil War Ancestors:
Beginning Your Research – A Preview”


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 Societyís 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 10/01/2019