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The library will be closed on Wednesday July 4.

June Classes

Saturday, June 9, 10:30-12:30 PM
How to Start your Genealogy Project.
Denise Salthouse will teach this class for beginning genealogists on how to start your Genealogy project.
This class is free for all. Register in advance.


Saturday, June 16, 10:30-12:00 PM,
“Beginning Irish”

This class is being taught by Roz Owens.
$10 for members and $20 for non-members,
Register in advance.





Tuesday, June 19, 1:30-3:00 PM
Public Program and General Membership Meeting
The program will be “Orphan Train”
presented by Andrea Patterson.
Free for everyone.


Tuesday, June 26, 1:30-2:30 PM
Quilt and Genealogy Talk
“The Signature Quilt Mystery”
Anne Billeter will give us some answers to the mystery of why this quilt was made and how it found its way to Medford by identifying the forty-two signatures on this quilt. Free for everyone.

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

Monday, June 11, 1-3 PM
Advanced DNA Interest Group

Tuesday, June 12, 1:30-3:00 PM
Family Tree Maker Interest Group
for PC and MAC users.

Tuesday, June 12, 3:30-5:00 PM
German Interest Group

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

Monday, June 25, 1-3 PM
Beginning DNA Interest Group


Summer Tutorial Tuesdays
Free to members, $5 for non-members

Tuesday, June 19, 5-6 and 7-8 PM
“Making the Most of Ancestry”
This is the first in a series of videos being shown on Tuesday evenings.

Tuesday, June 26, 5-6 and 7-8 PM
“Getting the Most from the Search Function
on Family Search”

Board Meeting

Monday, June 11, 9:30-12 Noon
Members are welcome. 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.

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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  If you order anything from Amazon by using the link below, Amazon passes on a portion of the total purchase price to Jackson County Genealogy Library. This only works if you use the link below.

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 05/29/2018