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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.

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Volunteers Needed

Librarians needed to help us keep the Library open.
Visit us or email cokiejcgl @ gmail.com

Our library is located at
3405 South Pacific Highway, Medford, OR 97501
541-512-2340 - info@rvgslibrary.org

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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