Jackson County Genealogy Library, Medford

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The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society (RVGS)

is an all volunteer, non-profit organization founded in 1966. The society promotes family history research by providing educational and research opportunities at our Jackson County Genealogy Library (JCGL) and through our two websites, rvgsociety.org and rvgslibrary.org. The mission of RVGS is to inspire interest in genealogy, inform the public, and maintain a growing sustainable library with a strong online presence.

The Jackson County Genealogy Library has an extensive collection of birth, marriage, and death records; family histories, books, bulletins, cemetery records, obituaries, local maps, microfilm and microfiche, and newspaper abstracts for every state and many countries. Non-members may use the library for a fee of $5.00 per day.

The research library has patron computers with subscriptions to Ancestry, GenealogyBank, Fold3, MyHeritage, Findmypast, American Ancestors, and Newspapers.com. Our website, rvgslibrary.org, provides a growing number of indexes and databases for Jackson County and an online library catalog of over 18,000 other resources.

Membership is available to all interested persons. Membership privileges include:

Free use of library

Volunteer opportunities

Genealogy classes

Check out of materials

Subscription websites

Society publications

Interest groups

Free mentoring

RVGS membership provides a meaningful way to give back to the society and help other researchers. The membership fees help to fund a variety of the Society’s historical record collections and preservation projects. Our members also help to maintain our library, research facilities, and website content.

Genealogy classes are offered regularly and are posted on the Society’s web calendar at rvgsociety.org. Classes include offerings such as beginning genealogy, library use, software use, and subscription website use. In addition, various user and interest groups meet regularly at the library.
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  • Anybody who does genealogy for a hobby and is in this area should absolutely make a point of visiting this library, where the volunteer staff includes at least one retired professional librarian...  more »
  • I attended a class after getting my DNA. Very informative. Sign up for annual membership (About $30) and gain access to multiple databases! Also they have folks to help you get started. Lots of...  more »
  • A very great resource for anyone searching their own past! Huge selection of books, special library access to popular paid websites, at no cost to you beyond the $30 annual membership :), and wonderful staff willing to help you too!.
  • The best genealogy research library with computers, internet and genealogy program access. If you want to bring your laptop there is also wireless access. Several classes, workshops, special speakers and fundraising events go on here throughout the year. If your not a member, the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society is definitely worth joining. I joined and am so glad I did.

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