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Spring Workshop and Seminar

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

Presented by nationally known Rick & Pam Sayre

Workshop: Friday, April 20 - 1:30-3:30PM
Seminar: Saturday April 21 - 9:00AM-4:00PM

To read the Sayres' biography, click here

For seminar and registration form, click here

RVGS Research Trip to
Family History Library
In Salt Lake City

March 11-18, 2018

If you would like to join us,
click here for more details



Programs and Meetings

Tuesday, January 9, 9:15-12 Noon
Board Meeting

Members and public are welcome. Free for all.

Tuesday, January 16, 1:30-3:00 PM
Public Program and General Membership Meeting
“Our Ancestors’ Sports” by Lynn Ransford.

Tuesday, January 23, 1:30-2:30 PM
Quilt and Genealogy Talk,
“Family Quilt Sharing by RVGS Members”

Six members will share the history and memories
of their family quilts.

Friday, January 26, 10:30-12:30 PM
Computer Tips for Patrons
Rick Black will teach a class for patrons about using our computers. How to create PDF files, how to send images and files home using email, and much more

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

Monday, January 8, 1:00-3:00 PM
Advanced DNA Interest Group
For those who have had their DNA tested and are interested in sharing information about DNA and related topics.

Monday, January 8, 3:00-4:00 PM
Jewish Interest Group,
For those persons interested in Jewish research.

Tuesday, January 9, 1:30-3:00 PM
Family Tree Maker User Group PC & MAC users.

Discuss the FTM program and share ideas with each other.

Tuesday, January 9, 3:30-5:00 PM
German Interest Group
Concentrates on German history and research.

Thursday, January 11, 1:30-3:00 PM
Irish Interest Group
Irish history, culture and researching Irish ancestors.

Wednesday, January 17, 10:30-12:30 PM
Genetic Genealogy Interest Group
For everyone interested in Genetic Genealogy.

Monday, January 22, 1:00-3:00 PM
Beginning DNA Interest Group
This interest group is for those who have not yet had
their DNA tested or are beginners.

Also, there will be a tour of the library
every Saturday in January, free to all.


By email: reception.JCGL @ - By telephone: 541-512-2340.
In person: Library hours: Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM. Open until 9 PM 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

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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 01/11/2018