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Spring Seminar 2020

Itís that time of year for RVGS to announce their Spring Seminar 2020. We are pleased to have John P. Colletta, PhD, from Washington D.C. as our guest speaker. He will take us through the many steps to learn about immigration research. Dr. Colletta is a popular genealogy speaker around the country and known for his delightful presentations, combining humor and factual information. Early registration for members begins Nov. 1, 2019. Open registration begins Jan. 15, 2020. Join us for a day and one half, April 17th & 18th, 2020 at JCGL. Seating is limited.

View the registration form for the the classes and details -- Read Dr. Colletta’s biography

Special Interest Groups

Free for members; $5 for non-members;
Register in advance.

Tuesday, October 8, 1:30-3:00 PM
Family Tree Maker Interest Group
facilitator: Dave Hodson

Tuesday, October 8, 3:15-4:45 PM
German Interest Group
facilitator: Mary Robsman

Thursday, October 10, 1:30-3:00 PM
Irish Interest Group
facilitator: Bruce McGarvey

Monday, October 14, 1:00-3:00 PM
Advanced DNA Interest Group
facilitator: Lorita Cushman

Wednesday, October 16, 10:30-12:00 PM
Genetic Genealogy Interest Group
Facilitators: Donna Rae Hays,
Sherri Zucker, and Wendy Purslow

Thursday, October 17, 10:30-12:00 Noon
Getting Started: Questions and Answers About Your Genealogy and How RVGS Can Help You,”
Facilitators: Andrea Patterson and Barbara Northrop


Board Meeting

Monday, October 14, 9:30-12 Noon
Members are welcome.

General Membership Meeting

Tuesday, October 15, 1:30-3:00 PM
“Brainstorming our Future”

Topics of discussion are Membership, Services, Communication, and Facilities.


Brick Wall

Saturday, October 12, 10:30-12:30

“Brick Wall,” facilitator:
Ruth Wade and Sherri Zucker

Join us as we brainstorm your and others’
genealogy brick walls. Free to all.


$10 for members, $20 for non-members.

Friday, October 18, 1:00-3:00 PM
“Writing and Publishing Memoirs”
by Catherine Greenspan

This class will demonstrate how to write
and publish your memoirs.

Wednesday, October 23, 10:30-12:30 PM
“Using American Ancestors.org Part I”
by Dave Horton

Part 1 of this two-part class on searching the digital
collections of NEHGS for New England roots

Monday, October 28, 1:00-3:00 PM
“Sneak Peak: 23 and Me, Ancestry,
Family Tree DNA, My Heritage”
by Lorita Cushman.

Learn a little bit about the four major DNA testing sites

Wednesday, October 30, 10:30-12:30 PM
Using American Ancestors.org Part II”
by Dave Horton

Part 2 of this two-part presentation on searching
the digitized collection of NEHGS

Wednesday, November 6, 1:30-3:00 PM
“Researching German Immigration: Why, How, and Where are the Records?”
by Mary Robsman

What were the reasons people from the
Germanic countries decided to emigrate

For more details, read this class schedule [Image]

Tutorial Tuesdays

Free for members, $5 for non-members, 5-6 PM.
Register in Advance.

Tuesday, October 1
“How to Research Your Polish Ancestors”

Tuesday, October 8
“Genealogical Research Stories”

Tuesday, October 15
“Genealogy-Is There a Friend in Your Tree?
Early Quaker Research”

Tuesday, October 22
“Coming to America: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors”

Tuesday, October 29
“Your Civil War Ancestors:
Beginning Your Research – A Preview”


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

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541-512-2340 - email: Reception.JCGL @ gmail.com

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 10AM - 4PM
Tuesday: 10AM - 9PM

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About Our Library

Jackson County Genealogy Library (JCGL) is operated by the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society--a not-for-profit institution. The library is located in the Rogue River Valley in Southern Oregon. Gold was discovered in the vicinity of Jacksonville in 1852 which led to an enthusiastic gold rush, with miners eagerly pursuing their personal fortunes. Similarly, genealogists searching the JCGL website will be able to find valuable nuggets of information about people who traveled the Oregon Trail to make their homes in this fertile valley. Follow this link, About Us, for our contact information, location, facilities, and hours of operation.

JCGL maintains the largest genealogical collection between Portland, Oregon and Sacramento, California. This collection has become available to researchers worldwide through indexes posted on our website. We feature Oregon pioneer records and vital records (births, marriages, deaths) but regularly add new indexes and resources.

Some of our records are free, for others we charge a nominal handling fee to recover our costs. Follow the links above to see what we have to offer or use the Google Search above to search our site.

Follow this link, What's New, to see what we have added recently.

If you prefer, our staff can do research for you at the rate of $15 per hour. Follow this link, About Us, to learn how to request research help.

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Last updated 10/01/2019