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Spring Workshop and Seminar

Our Ancestors:
Did they Serve? Did they Plow? Did they Move?

Presented by nationally known speakers Rick & Pam Sayre

Friday, April 20: Workshop:
Registration, 1PM - 1:30PM; Workshop 1:30PM - 3:30PM

Saturday April 21: Seminar
Registration, 8:30AM - 9AM; Program, 9AM - 4PM

To read Pam and Rick Sayres' biography, click here
To read about the classes, click here
For seminar and
registration form, click here

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Jackson County Cultural Coalition funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust

March Classes

Monday, March 19, 10:30-12:30 PM
“Anatomy of a Case Study”

Certified Genealogist Melinda Henningfield
will present steps in doing quality genealogy.
$10 for members, $20 for non-members.
Register in advance.


Saturday, March 24, 10:30-12:30 PM,
“Researching World War II Records”

Barbara Northrop will share techniques in
researching hard to find World War II Records.
$10 for members, $20 for non-members.
Register in advance.



Other Events:

Monday, March 5, 9:30-12 Noon,
Board Meeting Members are welcome. Free to all.

Saturday, March 3, 24, 31 - 10:00AM – 4:00 PM
Free library tours.

Free Programs

Tuesday, March 20, 1:30-3:00 PM,
Public Program and General Membership Meeting
“Forest Creek, 5.5 miles of Jackson County Road
and 140 Years of Progress” by Annice Black

Tuesday, March 27, 1:30-2:30 PM,
Quilt and Genealogy Talk, “Crazy/Signature Quilt


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

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

Monday, March 12, 1:00-3:00PM,
Advanced DNA Interest Group

Tuesday, March 13, 1:30-3:00 PM,
Family Tree Maker Interest Group/ PC and MAC

Tuesday, March 13, 3:30-5:00 PM
German Interest Group

Wednesday, March 21, 10:30-12:30 PM
Genetic Genealogy Interest Group

Monday, March 26, 1:00-3:00 PM
Beginning DNA Interest Group

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

Picture of the JCGL Building

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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 03/14/2018