"The purpose of the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society is to create, encourage, and foster a popular interest in genealogy.                               (from the WVGS Constitution)
   The Willamette Valley Genealogical Society (WVGS) was organized in December, 1968, to create and foster the study of family history, aid in the publication of local history, and aid in the establishment of materials in local genealogical library collections. It is an Oregon Non-Profit corporation for public benefit, and was determined to be a 501 (c) (3) organization.  
   In the summer of 2015 the society‚Äôs collection of genealogy books became available to WVGS members and the public at the Salem Public Library. The large collection of approximately 5,000 items also includes periodicals, microfilm, microfiche, maps, and data CD publications. During the Salem Library Earthquake Safety Retrofit Project, most of our collection will be held in storage and unaccessable. The Society also has an offsite collection of periodicals and family histories and genealogies. WVGS volunteers are available to assist researchers with accessing our materials as well as the internet and Ancestry.com. The volunteer schedule is listed below.

   The Society holds a general meeting on the second Saturday every month which includes a business meeting, Q&A discussions, and a program of interest (guest speaker, seminar or workshop). See the Calendar page for details.
WVGS Officers for 2021:
Elected Officers: 
         Elizabeth Tice 

1st Vice-President (Program):
         Doug Crosby 
2nd Vice-President (Membership):
         Suzan Rempel 

Recording Secretary:
         Sally Broadwater 

Corresponding Secretary:
         Julianne Kennedy 

         Barbara Foster
Appointed Positions:
Newsletter Editor:
       Elizabeth Tice 

Beaver Brief Publishing Editor:
       Dennis Hill

Beaver Brief Content Editor:
       Craig Smith

       Deanne Smith 

Volunteer Coordinator:
       Craig Smith 

       Dennis Hill
The WVGS Salem Public Library Genealogy Department:
  • Trained volunteers to assist with genealogy research. 
  • Access to Ancestry.com. 
  • Most of the WVGS collection of 5,000 books, CDs and microfilm has been moved into storage for the duration of the library's seismic upgrade.  All available materials are for library use only.
  • Three library computers are available for genealogy use. 
  • WVGS volunteers also have two laptops for their use with helping patrons.