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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

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Jackson County Cultural Coalition funded by the
Oregon Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon's arts,
humanities and heritage.

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


February Classes

Thursday, February 8, 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. This is a repeat of the January class.

Friday, February 16, 1:00-3:00 PM
“How To Start Your Genealogy Project”

An introductory class for beginners.
Free for all, Register in advance.

Saturday, February 24, 10:30-12:30 PM,
“Introduction to Family Tree Maker 17
Genealogy Software”

The first in a series of FTM 17 classes. This class will be about the basic skills and knowledge needed to use FTM. Most of the time will be spent in the “People” workspace, learning how to enter people and their information. This first class is free. Others in the series will be $10 for members and $20 for non-members.
Register in advance.

Wednesday, February 28, 10:30-11:30 AM,
Mac Computer Workshop
Mac computer workshop on basic skills including saving, organizing, and backing up files, screen shots, cut, copy and paste, downloading and printing documents.
Free for members, $5 for non-members.
Register in advance.

Free Programs

Tuesday, February 20, 1:30 - 3:00 PM
"Forgotten Cemeteries and Unmarked Graves"

Tuesday, February 27, 1:30 - 2:30 PM
"Quilts and Genealogy: Grandma Isbell's Quilt"


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

Monday, February 5, 3:00-4:00 PM
Jewish Interest Group

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

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

Tuesday, February 13, 1:30-3:00 PM
Family Tree Maker User Group (PC & MAC)

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

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

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


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

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.

Last Updated 02/13/2018