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This old site will be renamed to archive.rvgslibrary.org
and will no longer be updated,
but all the links will be functional for research purposes.

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Spring Seminar

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.
Open registration begins January 15, 2020.
Join us for a day and one half, April 17th & 18th at JCGL. Seating is limited.

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


Applications for our College Scholarship Program for 2020 are being accepted until February 22.
Read more about it by clicking here.

Special Interest Groups

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

Monday, February 10, 1:00-3:00 PM
Advanced DNA Interest Group -
facilitator: Lorita Cushman

Tuesday, February 11, 1:30-3:00 PM
Family Tree Maker Interest Group -
facilitator: Dave Hodson

Tuesday, February 11, 3:15-4:45 PM
German Interest Group -
facilitator: Mary Robsman

Wednesday, February 12, 10:30-12:00 PM
Genetic Genealogy Interest Group -
facilitator: Donna Rae Hays

Thursday, February 13, 1:30-3:00 PM
Irish Interest Group -
facilitator: Bruce McGarvey


Programs and Meetings

Brick Wall Roundtable
Saturday, February 15, 10:30-12:30 PM
Facilitators: Marilyn Ayres and Denise Salthouse
Are you stuck? Bring your information: who, when, and where your ancestor was, and what research resources you've searched.
Free to all

Tuesday, February 18, 1:30-3:00 PM
Program and Member Meeting:
“The United Foundation Trust or Uftuddies”
led by SOU faculty member Maureen Battistella.
What was the purpose of this secret society of women PhDs active at Southern Oregon University from 1953-1968?
Free to all.

Tuesday, February 25, 1:30-2:30 PM
Quilt and Genealogy Talk,
“McKinnis Postage Stamp Quilt”
Anne Billeter will talk about this interesting quilt made in the 1930's by Talent resident Mary Ann McKinnis for her oldest daughter, Lena Luella as a way to use up the tiniest scraps of fabric left over from sewing.



Wednesday, February 5, 1:30-3:00 PM
Genealogy Jargon
Pat Jenkins will share her knowledge of some of those pesky words genealogists use, but newcomers have never heard of! Free to all.

Thursday, February 6, 1:00-3:00 PM
"Researching Jackson County People"
Anne Billeter will show us how to harness the power of a
site-specific Google search to find all of the information
in the RVGS/JCGL indexes.
$10 members; $20 non-members.

Friday, February 14, 1:30-3:00 PM
Family Tree Maker
Instructor Vern Weaver will teach about how to use the Media
workspace in the software program Family Tree Maker.
$5 for members, $10 for non-members.

Thursday, February 20, 10:30-12:30 PM
“Searching for Records in FamilySearch”

Rich Miles shows how to search the records of the
largest genealogy organization in the world.
$10 for members, $20 for non-members.

Monday, February 24, 1:00-3:00 PM
Beginning DNA CLASS Series:
“GEDmatch, I've joined, I see my Matches, NOW WHAT”
Lorita Cushman will teach you about the different tools on
GEDmatch and how to use them.
$5 for members, $10 for non-members.

Thursday, February 27, 10:30-12:30 PM
“Planning a Successful and Fun Family Reunion
and Creating a Family Memory Book”

Marilyn Ayres and Barbara Grimes will present strategies,
themes, timeline, tips and pitfalls to avoid in creating
a great family reunion.
$10 for members, $20 for non-members.

For a full description of classes, click here

Board Meeting

Monday, February 10, 9:30-12 Noon
Members are welcome.


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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Volunteers Needed

Librarians needed to help us keep the Library open.
Click Here for an application

Visit us or email TMcCoy42231 @ gmail.com

Our library is located at
3405 South Pacific Highway, Medford, OR 97501
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 02/21/2020