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Note: the Library will be closed
November 23-25
in celebration of Thanksgiving
(Thursday through Saturday)

Programs and Meetings

Thursday, November 9, 10:30-12:00 Noon
“Planning Your Family Reunion”
Marilyn Ayres will present the who, why, where, when, and how of planning an enjoyable and successful family reunion. $10 for members, and $20 for non-members.
Register in advance.

Saturday, November 4, 10:30-12:30 PM
Brick wall Roundtable
This roundtable will be facilitated by Andrea Patterson and Ros Owens to help breakthrough those Brick walls we all have. Free to everyone. Register in advance.

Monday, November 13, 9:30-12:00 PM
Board Meeting
Members and public are welcome. Free to all.

Tuesday, November 21, 1:30-3:00 PM
Public Program and General Membership Meeting,
“Lest We Forget”
Mary Robsman's presentation will commemorate Veterans Day and honor our military ancestors. Free for everyone.

Tuesday November 28, 1:30-2:30 PM,
Quilt and Genealogy Talk
“Some Quilts from the SOHS Collection”
Pat Harper will share images and details about the quilts and the families that treasured them: Hanley, Colver, Sandoz and Merriman.

By email:
By Telephone: 541-512-2340.
In person: LIBRARY HOURS: Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM. Open until 9 PM on Tuesdays.


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

Monday, November 6, 3:00-4:00 PM
Jewish Interest Group,
Steve Kious will facilitate this interest group for those interested in Jewish research.

Thursday, November 9, 1:30-3:00 PM
Irish Interest Group
Bruce McGarvey moderates this interest group concentrating on Irish history, culture and researching Irish ancestors.

Monday, November 13, 1:00-3:00 PM
DNA Interest group (already tested)
Lorita Cushman will facilitate an advanced DNA Interest Group for those who have had their DNA tested and are interested in sharing information about DNA and related topics.

Tuesday, November 14, 1:30-3:00 PM
Family Tree Maker User Group PC & MAC users.

This group meets to discuss the FTM program and share ideas with each other.

Tuesday, November 14, 3:30-5:00 PM
German Interest Group
Mary Robsman facilitates this interest group concentrating on German history and research.

Wednesday, November 15, 10:30-12:30 PM
Genetic Genealogy Interest Group
Donna Rae Hayes facilitates this group for everyone interested in Genetic Genealogy.

Monday, November 27, 1:00-3:00 PM
DNA Interest Group (new to subject)

Lorita Cushman facilitates this group who have not yet had their DNA tested or who are beginners. $5 for non-members. Register in advance.

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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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.