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.
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
  The Willamette Valley Genealogical Society at Salem Public Library once again has volunteers to help with your genealogy. Currently, our desk hours are: 11:00-5:00 Tuesday-Saturday, 1:00-4:00 Sunday and closed Monday.
  Our very competent volunteers do research on family connections all over the country 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.
   We are here to serve our library patrons, and our volunteers are very excited about being back at the library helping patrons with their genealogical questions and 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, click the [Membership] buttton at the top of this page for details on how to become one. 

Genealogy Class 2022
Dates:       Mondays, September 12th, 19th,  & 26th, October 3rd, 10th & 17th 
                  (6 classes)
Time:         10:00 am to 1:00 PM

Location:   Center 50+, 2615 Portland Rd NE, Salem
Contact:    The Senior Center, (503)588-6303 
Insructor:  Liz Tice, WVGS
Cost:          $10 for each 3 hour class

   Willamette Valley Genealogical Society will have a series of genealogy classes on a variety of genealogy topics. You can sign up for each one separately, or all of them. Each one will have a presentation and hand-out on the topic. You may bring your own laptop/tablet.
                                          Class Schedule
Class 1 Sept. 12, 2022: How to Get Started 
Class 2 Sept. 19, 2022: Ancestry.com and Family Search 
Class 3 Sept. 26, 2022: Vital Records 
Class 4 Oct. 3, 2022: Military Records & Land Records 
Class 5 Oct. 10, 2022: Immigration & Ethnic Sources 
Class 6 Oct. 17, 2022: Googling and Free Genealogy Sites

     You can Register online at https://egov.cityofsalem.net/center50Plus/

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.
If you are having any difficulty with our site such as a broken link, please let us know at: webmaster@wvgsor.org
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