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CLASSES, WORKSHOPS & COMING EVENTS
DON’T MISS RECORDED SESSIONS FROM ROOTSTECH 2014. The first video on the list is a terrific talk by Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman. Ree even sings to her basset hound at the end of this fabulous talk. There are a total of 17 videos on various topics of interest to genealogists such as DNA, cloud computing, Getting the Most out of Ancestry. Here is the link, https://rootstech.org/about/videos/ . Ancestry has also provided a You Tube video describing the highlights of RootsTech 2014, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izjFahvqIkc.
Classes and Workshops are held at Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford, OR 97501.
February 12,Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:30 AM Family Tree Maker (Mac) User Group. Barbara MacMillen is the facilitator of this informal group. Please register for this FREE workshop. To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email email@example.com.
Tuesday, February 18, 1:30 – 3:00 PM: 3rd TUESDAY PROGRAM FOR FEBRUARY: Learn The Secrets of the Libraries, in a presentation by Anne Billeter, Director of the Jackson County Genealogy Library and Manager of the Southern Oregon Historical Society Library. Anne shares her secrets for finding resources available at each library often overlooked by genealogists and historians. Come learn how these resources can complement each other to uncover the answers you need for your genealogy and history projects.
February, 18, 3:00 –9:00PM Diggin’ in the Dark
Hang around after the 3rd Tuesday Public Program when the library remains open until 9 PM! Take advantage of this opportunity to research your genealogy with helpful librarians available to assist you. Explore our databases and book collection. Bring your dinner or join us for pizza. Leave blurry eyed at 9 PM! Please register for this FREE event! To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 24, Monday,10:30 AM- 12:00 PM. Family Tree Maker 2012 (2014) Part II. Charleen Brown teaches “Managing Your Tree, Adding Facts and Documenting Sources.” Prerequisite: your own laptop with Family Tree Maker 2012(2014) for PC installed. Class description: As you continue your family tree, your focus will turn to your ancestral lines, grandparents, etc. You will learn how to expand your tree by adding details, facts, sources, stories, histories and more. Cost is: $10 for members, $20 for non-members. Please pre-register for this class. To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email email@example.com.
February 25, Tuesday, 1 PM to 2 PM. Quilts and Genealogy Talk. Gin Lin Dragon Quilt featuring Chinese of the Rogue Valley. The title of the talk is “Scaring the Devils Away: 150,000 Firecrackers in Ashland in the Year of the Horse 1890″ by Victoria Law – Emigrants from China came to the Rogue Valley as gold miners and stayed as part of railroad construction crews. Victoria will share how some continued to live here long after the railroad was completed. The Board of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society (RVGS) recently accepted the gift of quilts from the Jacksonville Museum Quilters Guild. Each quilt depicts an event or group of people from early Jackson County history. Please pre-register for this FREE event. Call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click on the following link to read about other family connections discovered through quilts, http://onlineathens.com/features/2014-01-04/quilt-helps-woman-find-her-family-history.
March 1, Saturday – 12:30PM How to Start Your Genealogy Project
Charleen Brown teaches the paper and pencil basics of gathering information to start your family tree. What you should know and do before you begin researching on the computer. You will learn:
• How to fill out and use an ancestor chart • How to find information at home
• The types of documentation and why it is important • The uses of the family group sheet
• Simple ways to organize information • How to continue your project
Please register for this FREE class. To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email email@example.com.
Thursday, March 6, 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM: Writing Workshop Series with Joan Hill, Part I. “Finding Your Way Home: Writing Memoirs, Family History, and Sharing Memories.” This eight-week writing workshop allows participants hands on in-class writing experiences, sharing, and discussions. Joan also instructs on the ‘How To’ of incorporating photos, letters, diaries, and other old documents as part of your writing. Subjects such as publishing and printing resources and utilizing computer based or local printers will also be discussed. Joan Hill authors the popular blog, Roots’n'Leaves.
The remaining dates are March 13, 20, 27, April 3, (no class April 10), beginning again April 17, 24, and May 1. To allow adequate time for sharing and critiquing, the class size is limited to between 5 and 15 participants. Bring a notebook, pen and pencil or a laptop for in-class writing. You must pre-register for this class. Fee: $75 for members, $125 for non-members. To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 11, Tuesday, 2:00 – 3:30 PM: Family Tree Maker (PC) User Group
This informal, casual group usually meets on one Tuesday each month as long as interest continues. Everyone is encouraged to bring problems or concerns, etc. and as a group we try and resolve these issues. It is a great way to keep connected and share information, too. Free and Fun! Please pre-register for this FREE Group. To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email email@example.com.
March 12, Wednesday, 10 AM to 11:30 AM: Family Tree Maker User Group (Mac computers). Barbara MacMillen is the facilitator of this informal group discussing FTM, Genealogy and Mac computers. Please pre-register for this FREE Group. To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 13, Thursday, 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM: Writing Workshop Series with Joan Hill, Part II. “Finding Your Way Home; Writing Memoirs, Family History, and Sharing Memories” See March 6th for more details. You must pre-register for this workshop.
March 17, Monday, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM: Family Tree Maker 2012 (2014) Basics, Part III. Charleen Brown teaches “Bring Your Ancestors to Life with Media.” Learn to use FTM to illustrate your family history with pictures, important documents, and possibly video and sound clips. Link media items to specific individuals; record important notes about the items. Come join Charleen for this powerful class. Cost is $10 for members, $20 for non-members. Please pre-register for this class. To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email email@example.com.
March 18, Tuesday, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM: 3rd TUESDAY PROGRAM for March: Ben Truwe, Southern Oregon historian, presents a program on Vance (Pinto) Colvig entitled “Pinto-the Early Years”. Mr. Truwe will include a silent film as well as many pictures of this Jacksonville’s native early life and work on silent films, as an animator, writer, and voice over actor. (Pinto was the voice of Walt Disney’s Goofy, among others.) Join us to learn about this accomplished Oregonian and animation pioneer. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.
March 18, Tuesday, 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM: Diggin’ in the Dark. Hang around after the 3rd Tuesday Public Program when the library remains open until 9 PM! Take advantage of this opportunity to research you genealogy with helpful librarians available to assist you. Explore our databases and book collection. Bring your dinner or join us for pizza. Leave blurry eyed at 9 PM! Please register for this FREE event! To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 20, Thursday, 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM: Writing Workshop Series with Joan Hill, Part III. “Finding Your Way Home; Writing Memoirs, Family History, and Sharing Memories” See March 6th for details. You must pre-register for this workshop.
March 25, Tuesday, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM: Ginger Rogers’ Crazy Quilt.
“Ginger Rogers of the Rogue River Valley” by Paul Becker and Sue Waldron – Paul will share some of his many conversations with Ginger about her work in the World War II war bond campaigns and her support of the soldiers at Camp White. Sue will reveal some of the facts she has discovered about Ginger’s family history. The Board of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society (RVGS) recently accepted the gift of quilts from the Jacksonville Museum Quilters Guild. Each quilt depicts an event or group of people from early Jackson County history. Program is free to all. Please pre-register for this class. To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email email@example.com.
April 1, Tuesday, 2:00 – 3:30 PM Family Tree Maker (PC) User Group
This informal, casual group usually meets the first Tuesday of each month as long as interest continues. Everyone is encouraged to bring problems or concerns, etc. and as a group we try and resolve these issues. It is a great way to keep connected and share information, too. Free and Fun! Please pre-register for this FREE workshop. To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 3, Thursday, 10:30AM to 1:00 PM Writing Workshop, V. See March 6th for details. You must pre-register for this workshop. To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email email@example.com.
April 5, Saturday, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM Brick Wall Roundtable Discussion. Do you have an elusive ancestor for whom you have been searching? Or ancestors you can trace back only so far and then hit a “brick wall?” Attend the roundtable and receive suggestions for finding that missing information. Please register for this FREE. To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 6 – April 13, Genealogy “Workshop on Wheels.” RVGS members will travel together to Salt Lake City. Research together with friends at the Family History Library. Meet new friends, socialize over lunch and dinner, and get help with your genealogy problems. You do not need to be an expert to profit from this tour. Please click on the following link, 2014 SLC Trip, for more details about the trip and to access the Registration Form.
OUT OF TOWN
February 11, Tuesday at 1:30 PM at the LDS Church, Relief Society Room, 1969 Williams Highway, Grants Pass OR. John Hull of the Missing inAmerica Project will speak about this program to locate, identify and inter unclaimed cremated remains of American veterans. There is some genealogy work involved in the process, and our members may wish to participate in this worthwhile endeavor. Further information is available at www.miap.us. Free program.
April 5, Saturday 9:00 AM to 4 PM. Bend Genealogical Society Spring Seminar. The featured speaker is Denise Levenick, The Family Curator. For more information and to access the registration form, click the following link, 2014 Bend Seminar Flyer-Registration Form.
May 7-10, “Virginia: The First Frontier,” the Annual Convention of the National Genealogical Society in Richmond, VA. Click this link to learn more.
August 2, Saturday, “Summer Genealogy Fest,” conference in Eugene OR presented by the Genealogical Conference of Oregon(GCO) and Oregon Association of Professional Genealogists (OR APG). The featured speaker is Tom Jones, Pack your genealogy passport and plan to repack your genealogical toolbox! For more information, click this link. GCO 2014 Flyers.
ROGUE VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY NEWS
Publication by RVGS Member, Melinda Henningfield. Melinda Henningfield, RVGS member, had a Case Study printed in the CROSSROADS magazine published by the Utah Genealogical Association, Winter 2014, VOL. 9, #1. It was entitled “Susannah or Mary: Who was the Mother of Robert White Gray (1858-1935) of Hickman County, Kentucky?” The identification of the mother of Robert White Gray points out the value of using many records to reach a sound conclusion. It is an excellent example of why genealogists must find all records that relate to a genealogical question. Want to learn about source citations? Melinda cites over 61 documentation sources for this article. She has also authored two articles and two cover essays in the NGS (National Genealogy Society) Quarterly.
This article is available at the JCGL for your perusal. Melinda Daffin Henningfield, a Board Certified Genealogist, lives in the Rogue Valley. She has a BA in History and an MSN. She is a retired Nurse Practitioner and previous RVGS Board member. In 2014 Melinda, a member since 2004, will serve as RVGS Liaison to the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
Vern Weaver at January Board Meeting. On January 13, Vern Weaver described the scope and value of the Cemetery Project to the new RVGS board. In conclusion, Vern mentioned that the file on the library website, www.rvgslibrary.org, now contains over 82, 000 names of persons who died in Jackson County and that many names have accompanying headstone photos. The picture above shows Vern addressing the board, Vern is at the center on the right.
OREGON STATE LIBRARY RECORDS ACCESS UNDER THREAT
The upcoming budget for the State Legislature threatens public access to State Library and Archives Records by the public. Please read this article, Oregon State Library , provided in the winter issue of the Northwest Trails Newsletter of the Northwest Chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association. Please contact your legislator, link provided in this article, to have an impact on these decisions.
Chris Walker Addresses RVGS Members. Chris Walker, Jackson County Clerk, gave an informative and interactive public program at our monthly meeting on Jan. 21st. Chris told us that various documents and public records are housed in the county archives. Public records are those that have gone through county government such as marriage records, divorce records, birth records, land records, county survey and budgets, brand books, foreclosure records, mining records on BLM (but not on private land), to name a few. To access these records, you must request them in writing. The requested records will be brought from the archive to her office for you to use there. She provided JCGL with a packet of information including the forms to request records.
Chris responded to our many and varied questions with wit and enthusiasm and the vast knowledge she gained from over 14 years of work at the county. She told us of newer restrictions on access to some of the records such as coroner’s inquests and recorded military discharge papers.
Chris also displayed several artifacts from her work including an ear marker for cattle, an original document seal, incorporation papers for the Medford Chamber of Commerce, as well as an early marriage record book.
Chris added that the archive consists of 16,000 cubic feet of documents which are now with Access Record Express. Jackson County’s contract with Access Record Express was renewed for three years back in November. Access Record Express brings documents to Chris’ office for the public use.
THE 5/60 CLUB
It’s a new year! The 5/60 Club for 2014 is up and running and needs members to renew their commitment to the mortgage payments. A donation of $5 per month or $60 for the year really helps make that payment each month. Our Leave A Legacy program has significantly reduced the mortgage principal so now our monthly payment is also helping to reduce the principal, not just paying interest! Orange 2014 stickers are available at the reception desk when you make your 5/60 Club donation.
Thank you to the following people for donating to the 5/60 Club for Jan. 2014: Wayne Cabler-Carolyn Craig-Chuck Eccleston-Colleen Eccleston-Terry Fischer-Cheryl Haas-Charlotte Henry-Gene Henry-David Hodson-Norb Leiberg-Barbara MacMillen-Dick MacMillen-Betty Miller-Connie Miller-Vanya Sloan-April Thomas-Helen Wolgamott
LEAVE A LEGACY
The “Leave A Legacy” donation program brought in more than $24,000 in 2013, helping to bring the mortgage principal down to $137,483. Thank you to all who donated! Your contributions have made a real difference. Our monthly payment now not only pays monthly interest but also in excess of $200 on the principal. Our goal for 2014 is to reduce the mortgage balance to $80,000; with your help we can reach this goal. If you’re contemplating giving this year, the earlier in the year you make a donation, the more interest it saves the society. Monthly donations are welcome too! When making a donation, please indicate it is to “Leave A Legacy.” Donations may be made online via either website, by mail addressed to 3405 S Pacific Hwy, Medford, OR 97501, or in person at JCGL.
Donors to Leave A Legacy include the following: Katherine Alsing-Mary L. Amaro-Vern & Marti Arnold- Karen Asche-Gloria Charlaine Brittsan-Jennifer Bryan-Vicki Anne Bryden-Mary Ann Byrne- Ken Clarke-Carolyn Craig-Carita Culmer-Chuck & Colleen Eccleston-John Ferrell-Joyce Hailicka-Bob Hawk-Charlotte Henry-Horton Family Foundation-Larry & Ann Horton-Billy Hogue & Joan Taylor-Carolee Jones-Linda Lipkind-Richard & Barbara MacMillen-Judith Mallchok-Alan Marion-Barbara Middaugh-Betty A. Miller-Connie Miller-Alice & Larry Mulally-Kathie Ordall-Jack & Andrea Patterson-People’s Bank-Dixie Pollard- Sallie K. Riehl-Carl Shauger- Chloe Sternola
Note: Donations made online are processed by PayPal, but you are not required to have a personal PayPal account to have payments processed by PayPal.
BUY STUFF FROM AMAZON! When you purchase stuff from Amazon using the link provided on the rvgslibrary.org website (scroll down to bottom of the home page), a portion of the dollars you spend (about 2%) is donated to the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society. In 2013, RVGS received $126.72 from such purchases. Another way to access Amazon so that RVGS receives a percentage of your purchase is to create a link to Amazon on the desktop of your computer. To bring up a PDF file telling you how to accomplish this, please click on the following link, Amazon Desktop Affiliate Link.
Welcome New LIFE Members of RVGS. The price of a Life Membership is $500 with $200 going to the Endowment Fund to help ensure the future of the society.
- Barbara MacMillen: Barbara and her husband, Richard, retired to the Rogue Valley in 1996. After their youngest son went off to college in 2001, she attended Southern Oregon University to complete a B.S. degree in Geography. She has volunteered for the Southern Oregon chapter of The Nature Conservancy since 2004. After Barbara’s cousin visited them to scan family photos, and a previously unknown cousin of Dick’s got in touch with them by phone, she became interested in their family history. At the time their neighbor and RVGS member, Carl Shauger, encouraged them to visit JCGL and soon after joined RVGS in 2009 shortly after visiting the library. Visits to JCGL were sporadic until 2011 when Barbara trained as a librarian, deciding this would be the best way to learn what the library had and how to use it for research. She became co-chair of the Education Committee in 2012, but soon after took the Finance Director position, where she still serves. Her husband Dick recognized her devotion to the Society and with the help of Chuck Eccleston and Andrea Patterson, was able to surprise her this past Christmas with a Lifetime Membership. The surprise was made possible only by hiding the paperwork from Barbara in her role as Finance Director.
- Scott Phillips was born, educated and raised in Glens Falls NY, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. He came to the Rogue Valley about 1974 via the California Bay Area and Cave Junction. Most of Scott’s working life was in electronics with a short stint as an accountant; he is now retired. Scott is currently married to Linda Louise (Koster) Phillips who is a descendant of a miner born on Foots Creek, Gold Hill. Scott has two children by previous marriage, one grand-daughter and one great-grand-daughter. He got interested in family history research at a very young age, following his mother’s research and her search for her real mother. He never lost interest or stopped looking. Over the years, he had many surprises and found hidden gems. Scott found the RVGS library not long after he came to OR, when it was on South Central in Medford. He says that his experiences with the volunteers at the library have always been great, from day one. Scott took out a Life Membership because of his belief in the organization, the library, and ancestral history in general. He is interested in cemetery sleuthing, photographs, military and traveling to ancestral locations.
Genealogy Success Story: We welcome your stories. Please submit success stories to email@example.com.
A Moving Moment at Long Last from Sweden
Submitted by Andrea Patterson
My maternal grandfather, Andrew Olson, for whom I am named, immigrated to the USA in 1886 from Malmo, Sweden. His final settling place was in Polk County, Minnesota where he married my maternal grandmother, Lovisa, also a Swedish immigrant working as a servant. My mother knew her father, Andrew, kept in contact via letters and money sent to his parents and two sisters in Fladie, a small village in southern Sweden. Andrew died when I was a teenager, so I missed so many stories and memories and now the people he did discuss his life with are gone also.
Within the past 15 years I have been able to locate his Railroad Benefit Records which provided his Swedish place of residence. Internet research was just beginning to catch on, but letters were still the best way to obtain information. I contacted several Minnesota and Swedish Genealogy Societies and armed with at least the names of his sisters, I obtained names of Andrew’s two sisters’ marriages and places they moved from the “in and out” clerical records. I wrote many letters. None of the letters were returned, but none were answered.
Last year, I acquired a new Swedish friend from Karlstad. He is a genealogist and we skyped for several months. He located great-grandchildren of my grandfather’s two sisters and their addresses. I immediately wrote to three of them. None of the letters returned, but none were answered.
This past summer I visited Sweden. My maternal grandmother was the oldest daughter with 14 siblings, so there are many relatives. This provided me with an opportunity to introduce my daughter to her Swedish “cousins” and to visit again with the older generation and many second cousins. My cousin Anna-Karin translated my previous English letters to Swedish and re-sent them to the various descendants of my grandfather’s sister’s family now living around Helsingborg.
On Nov. 26, 2013 at 7:06 AM I received an email from Britt-Marie, a woman in her 50s who said she was a descendant of Maria, her great-grandmother. Maria was a young mother when she died and left little or no history of their family. She, Britt-Marie, “would be interested to correspond through one of her three daughter’s email addresses. I had no idea I had family in America,” says Britt-Marie.
I am that family member in America. I have many pictures back to the great-grandmother she never knew. I can tell her about Grandpa Andrew’s family in America. We are going to be great friends. It took perseverance. Don’t any of you give up. Your family is waiting.
WELCOME NEW AND RENEWING RVGS MEMBERS:
Rick Black~ Sheila Couey~ Alyson Dalponte~ Judith Everett~ Cindy Furrow
Danny Gregory~ Marita LaGrott~ Joan Long~ Vicky I. McGee~ Billie S. Nix
Bill Strickland~ Victor & Gloria Wigginton~ Cindy Wilson
INKJET CARTRIDGES DONATED TO RVGS
A friend of RVGS has donated ink cartridges to the society. The number on the HP ink cartridge is 02. Some are Costco refills and others are new, unopened packages. Call (541)512-2340 if you have some use for these cartridges. We do not have printers at JCGL that use this cartridge number.
Elmer Glenn Bailey b. 26 May 1920, d.22 Jan 2014 age 93; husband of Colista Bailey, RVGS treasurer.
JACKSON COUNTY GENEALOGY LIBRARY NEWS
The JCGL Collection Report, Submitted by Anne Billeter, Library Director
Collection Numbers as of December 2013:
15,218 books, bulletins, CDs and videos
304 microfilm (rolls)
1,590 microfiche (sheets)
17,178 Total Cataloged Items in JCGL
We added 375 cataloged items to the JCGL collection in 2013, thanks to our cataloger, Sharon Freeburne. We conducted our annual inventory of the collection in December. It took the following people a total of 84 ¾ hours to conduct the inventory, listed in order of the number of volunteer hours they contributed to the inventory effort: Anne Billeter, Betty Miller, Marie Fulbright, Char Henry, Maggi Rackley, Rusty Kleine, Rhonda Rockwell, Carolyn Craig, Linda Lund, Janie Stewart, April Thomas, Connie Miller, Terry Fischer, and Sharon Freeburne. Please see Maggi Rackley’s story below, which resulted from her help during the inventory.
Good Things Come to Those Who Volunteer
Submitted by Maggi Todd Rackley
Good things do come to those who volunteer. I learned this the other day while helping Anne Billeter with library inventory. I was comparing book names and numbers that Anne was calling out when she said, Directory of Deceased American Physicians 1804 – 1929. I wondered if my great-grandfather R. H. Todd were listed, thus proving he was a doctor. He was! As was his brother Joel Howard Todd, also a physician. I couldn’t wait for Anne to go to her meeting so I could check this book out.
From the information in the book, I discovered where they both received their education, where they practiced and when they graduated. Richard Henry Todd graduated from The Kentucky School of Medicine, Louisville KY in 1887 as an Allopath, practiced in Iowa in 1895. This proved his physician status.
Loaded with this information I then went to the computer and Googled “University of Louisville,” found their digital library, did a search of the Kentucky School of Medicine graduating class of 1887. Will wonders never cease? I found a photo of the 1887 class along with the individual pictures of the graduates. There was even a picture of my great-grandfather at the age of 27!
All of this resulted from curiosity about a book right here in the JCGL.
NEW ADDITIONS TO THE COLLECTION AT JCGL
Please click on the following link, 2014-1-29 New Additions to Library, to access the list of recent additions to the library collection.
FOR SALE $1.00 In the Book Sale Alcove in the JCGL Reading Room
(turn right after entering the Reading Room)
- Genealogy books (older editions and extra copies)
- Rogue Digger back issues
- Fiction –paperbacks and hardcovers
- Nonfiction – on any and every subject you can think of!
Patron Printers at JCGL
JCGL now has two printers available for patron use in the main area of the library. One printer, as before, prints from each of the 11 patron computers. The new printer, same model as the old printer and located north of the reception area, can be used to print from your laptop or from your mobile device (tablet or smartphone). To print from your laptop, install the printer (Brother HL-2270DW) on your laptop, then select that printer when you need to print. To print from a mobile device, install the Brother iPrint&Scan App on your mobile device. (It’s more efficient to do this before coming to the library.) Librarians or tech helpers at JCGL can help you with these procedures.
FindMyPast Website Credits
The FindMyPast website can be accessed through the menu on all patron computers. The JCGL subscription to FindMyPast operates differently than other subscription sites. The society pays in advance for any records you might find on the site. When you find a record you want to print, view, or save just click on the Confirm button, indication that you want to spend 5 credits for that record. RVGS is charged for the expense, not you personally. FindMyPast is rich in British, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Australian, and some US records.
Important New Stuff on the JCGL Website: Jackson and Josephine County
- We’re excited to announce that a complete set of obituaries from the Mail Tribune for the 15-year period from 1956 through 1970 are now available through the JCGL website. The direct link is http://www.rvgslibrary.org/Obituaries.html. Scroll down the page to find the set of obituaries titled, Scanned from Microfilm Images from the Medford Mail Tribune. Although the books of obituaries on the shelves at the library contain a hit-and-miss collection of obituaries for this time period, these of digital images provide a complete collection for that time period. We are grateful to Cheryl Haas and Linda Kestner for scanning the microfilm and indexing these records and more recently to Leo Kimm and Rene Forncrook for re-casting the indexes to make them more user-friendly. Either digital copies or printed copies of these are obituaries can be ordered for $10/obituary JCGL website. Printed copies can be obtained in person at the JCGL Reception Desk for $5/obituary.
- Did you know? The JCGL website has a growing collection of indexes to records for Josephine County. Here is a direct link , http://www.rvgslibrary.org/Josephine.html. We have obituaries from the Grants Pass Courier for the years: 1972-1973, 1980, and 1988-2012. We have recently started adding some births, marriages, and divorces. If you have Josephine County family don’t forget to check our indexes. Either digital copies or printed copies of these are obituaries can be ordered for $10/obituary JCGL website. Printed copies can be obtained in person at the JCGL Reception Desk for $5/obituary.
- Website Re-Design. The JCGL website, rvgslibrary.org, has an additional row of navigation tools: Search (you should be browse our indexes, in addition to searching them with Google), RVGS, JCGL Catalog; How to Order Records; and Social Media including Facebook and Twitter. “Like” us on Facebook as long as you’re looking!