"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 2023:
Elected Officers: 
President:
         Doug Crosby 

1st Vice-President (Program):
         Kerry Wymetalek 
2nd Vice-President (Membership):
         Suzan Rempel 

Treasurer:
         Barbara Foster
Recording Secretary:
         Elizabeth Tice 

Corresponding Secretary:
         Julianne Kennedy 

Appointed Positions:
Newsletter Editor:
       Elizabeth Tice 

Beaver Briefs Publishing Editor:
       Dennis Hill

Beaver Briefs Content Editor:
       Craig Smith

Librarian:
       Deanne Smith 

Periodacle Librarian:
       Jerry Rodgers
Volunteer Coordinator:
       Alan Town

Webmaster:
       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.