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2020 Operating Budget


The 2020 operating budget for the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society has been developed and approved by the Board of Directors
at their August 12 meeting. The budget will be put to a vote of the membership
at the 1:30 p.m., September 17, Public Program and Membership Meeting.
In order to review the budget prior to the meeting, you may stop by the library to view a copy on the bulletin board, or click here.

Genealogy Week

Saturday September 21 and Monday September 23
through Friday September 27

FREE use of the Genealogy Library
Free Classes each day
Click HERE for the class schedule

Special Interest Groups

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

Monday, September 9, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Advanced DNA Interest Group

Tuesday, September 10, 1:30-3:00 PM
Family Tree Maker Interest Group for PC and MAC users 

Tuesday, September 10, 3:15-4:45 PM
German Interest Group

Thursday, September 12
Irish Interest Group will not meet this month

Wednesday, September 18, 10:30 - 12:00 PM
Genetic Genealogy Group

Board Meeting

Monday, September 9, 9:30-Noon
Members are welcome.

Tutorial Tuesdays

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

Tuesday, September 8
"Breaking Through Your Brick Walls"
"Genealogy Introduction - Immigration Research"
at the National Archives

Tuesday, September 10
"1939 Register British Family History"
"Genealogy Research Tools: pre-1800 British Records"

Tuesday, September 17
"Social History for Genealogists"

Tuesday, September 24
"Using like a Pro"
"Browsing Records in"


FREE Programs

Tuesday, September 17, 1:30 - 3:00 PM
Public Program and General Meeting
"German Genealogy Conference" - Mary Robsman, Speaker

  Tuesday, September 24, 1:30 - 2:30 PM
Quilts and Genealogy Talk
"The Legacy of Hopestill" by Charlotte Wirfs


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 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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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 09/19/2019