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Programs and Meetings

Monday, October 9, 9:30-12:00 noon
RVGS Board Meeting
Members and the public are welcome. Free for everyone.


Thursday, October 12, 10:30-12:30 PM
“How to Write on the Back of your Digital Photos”
Digital photos have made preserving our family history much easier, but how do we capture all the information that used to be written on the back of printed photos? Rich Miles will share a video presentation from RootsTech2017 and demonstrate how to “write” on the back of your digital photos. You can record names, captions, and even keywords that are all searchable, with each of your photos. Learn how to preserve all the information about the photo, not just the photo itself.
$10 for members, $20 for non-members. Register in advance.


Tuesday, October 17, 1:30-3:00 PM
Public Program and General Membership Meeting,
“Paper and Spit”
Our program speaker will be Don Anderson, author of “Paper and Spit, Family Found: How DNA and Genealogy Revealed My First Parents’ Identity.” He will share his story about discovering the identity of his biological parents and his true identity. He was adopted in Portland, OR and through DNA was able to unlock these mysteries.
Free for everyone.


Tuesday, October 24, 1:30-2:30 PM
Quilts and Genealogy, “Poore Snowball Signature Quilt”

Sue Waldron will present this quilt that is on loan from the Jacksonville Museum Quilters. Who are these people? We value cemetery research in solving genealogy puzzles.
Free for everyone.

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

Tuesday, October 3, 1:30-2:30 PM
Jewish Interest Group
Steve Kious will facilitate this interest group in its first meeting for those interested in Jewish research.

Monday, October 9, 1:00-3:00 PM
Advanced DNA Interest group
Lorita Cushman facilitates this group for those who are advanced in working with DNA genealogy.

Tuesday, October 10, 1:30-3:00 PM
Family Tree Maker User Group (PC and Mac)
This group meets to discuss the FTM program and share ideas with each other.

Tuesday, October 10, 3:30-5:00 PM
German Interest Group
Read difficult German handwriting and translate terms in vital records. A mini-Oktoberfest will commemorate the group’s second anniversary.

Thursday, October 12, 1:30-3:00 PM
Irish Interest Group
Bruce McGarvey moderates this interest group focusing on Irish history, culture and researching Irish ancestors.

Wednesday, October 18, 10:30-12:30 PM
Genetic Genealogy Interest Group

Donna Rae Hays facilitates this group. The October topic will be “Using the GEDmatch One-to-One Reports, both free and Tier One,” followed by an open discussion.

Monday, October 23, 1:00-3:00 PM
Beginners DNA Interest Group
Goal is to help you decide which test is best for you and to teach you how to get the most out of your DNA genealogy. Lorita Cushman facilitates this 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 of the society is to inspire interest in genealogy, inform 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.