Welcome to the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society's webpage!
Contact Address: 
Willamette Valley Genealogical Society 
PO Box 2083 
Salem, OR 97308 
Email: WillVGS@yahoo.com

WVGS Newsletters
More back issues are available on our Member Page
  One of the major advantages of membership with the WVGS is access to our quarterly publication ‘The Beaver Briefs’.

    Go to our [Materials] page to see a complete list of the articles from all 52 years of this publication along with a master surname reference index covering the last 15 years.
 The 2021 WVGS Treasure Hunt
The WVGS Treasure Hunt is a test of your genealogical research skills. The Treasure Hunt is open to anyone who is a member of the WVGS at the end of the contest on June 1st (excluding WVGS board members and contest organizers). Click the [Membership] button above to access the online membership application form. Click below for a list of the Treasure Hunt Contest Questions. Also, check out the lists of prizes, contest rules, and a sample question with an explanation as to how it could be resolved. Hundreds of dollars in prizes will be awarded. Contest answers are to be submitted by regular mail or email. Good luck and good hunting!
WVGS on AmazonSmile
The WVGS now has an AmazonSmile Foundation charity donation account. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible smile.amazon.com purchases to the charities selected by their customers. You can make the WVGS your Smile donation recipient by clicking the signup link below. Once you’re registered, the WVGS will automatically receive a donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation equal to 0.5% of your eligible purchase totals. There is no cost to you or the WVGS. The only thing you have to do is to insure that you log into smile.amazon.com when you want to make a purchase. Amazon will also periodically notify you about how much money the WVGS has received from your AmazonSmile purchases.
The Library Volunteer Research Help Program
  It will be sometime before the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society will be able to offer our services at the Salem Public Library; volunteers helping patrons, in person, research their family history. In the mean time, the WVGS is offering either one hour of free research or one newspaper article/obituary per household. This is for residents of Marion and Polk Counties. This offer will be in effect until the Salem Public Library reopens. The results will only be sent by email. If more than one hour of research or more than one news article/obituary is desired, then the research fee policy will apply. Go to the [Research] page for more information on our research policy.  
 
  Our very competent volunteers do research on family connections all over the county and world, not just in Oregon. And don't forget that the Ancestry.com Library Edition is available for free to Salem Public Library patrons while the library is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  
 
  Send your research request to the Society at willvgs@yahoo.com or use the link on the [Research] page. Please include "Marion/Polk County Resident" in the subject of your request. We are still here for our library patrons, and our volunteers are looking forward to helping you with your genealogical research! 

The WVGS Member Help Program
   The WVGS has compiled topics from the membership application form into a list members can use to see what assistance is being offered. If after reviewing the topic list you see something you would like help with, use the request submittal form on the [Member Page]. You need only leave your name and a description of what you would like help with. All communication will go through the program administrator in order to protect the privacy of both you and the applicable member unless both parties agree to direct contact.
    If you are not currently a member of the WVGS, go to our [Membership] page for details on how to become one. 

Special Notice:
  Statewide birth certificates are now available at the Oregon State Archives (OSA) for the first time from mid 1903 through 1919 (birth records are restricted for 100 years from the date of birth). They are sent from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) in Portland to the OSA.  Some of the earlier year's records aren't complete, because the counties didn't always send the records into the state.

   The OSA is allowing the WVGS to publish their index of the Oregon 1916 birth certificates. This index was compiled by volunteers at the Archives and includes birth name, date of birth, county, names of parents and additional updates such as later name changes. A copy of the 1916 index in searchable PDF format is available on our [Member Page], and the birth certificates for 1903-1919 are available at the OSA.

   See the [Membership] page for information on how to become a WVGS member with full access to the 1916 index along with all issues of our 'Beaver Briefs' quarterly publication, many other WVGS documents, and publications from societies we exchange with. Members also receive discounted pricing on search requests (see the [Research] page for more information).

If you have difficulty locating the resources you seek, send us an email at the address above.
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