Oregon Genealogical Society

Welcome to our new site!

We would like to welcome you to the new Oregon Genealogical Society website. Organized in Eugene on September 22, 1962, the Oregon Genealogical Society (OGS), has been promoting family history for more than fifty years. Our research library is one of the largest genealogical research libraries in Oregon providing more than 10,000 reference materials for Oregon, the United States, and locations around the world. 
Our purpose is to maintain a genealogical and historical research library, to collect, preserve and publish material of genealogical interest, to present educational programs for those interested in finding out more about their ancestors, and to give assistance to other organizations and persons interested in genealogical research, whether in Oregon or elsewhere.
Besides our library, we offer research services for both members and the public, education opportunities in the form of classes, workshops, seminars, special interest groups, and our Research Roundtable.

OGS issues Oregon Pioneer and Early Settler certificates to anyone whose their ancestor arrived in Oregon prior to October 31, 1879 for Pioneers or December 31, 1900 for Early Settlers. For more information click on Pioneers and Early Settlers in the menu bar.

We have several volunteer projects in the works which you can learn more about on our Projects page.
  • Putting our library catalog on the website
  • Adding a list of cemeteries for Lane County
  • Adding a database of burials in those cemeteries
  • Publishing Oregon Pioneer and Early Settler application information
  • Publishing Poole Funeral Home (Springfield) books
  • Indexing our vertical file materials for publication on this website
  • Creating one-of-a-kind genealogical indexes and databases   

It is time to vote for our elected officers for 2016. Members may vote until Saturday, October 24th at noon. Ballots are available at the OGS library until 2 pm on Friday, October 23rd and at the monthly meeting on Saturday, October 24th from 10 AM - Noon. If you are unable to vote at the library or the meeting you may email the Nominations Committee Chair and request a ballot be emailed or snail mailed to you. Your ballot must be received at the library address by 2 pm on Friday, the 23rd or emailed to the Nomination Committee Chair.
Slate of Officers for 2016
President  (read the Presidential candidates vision for OGS)
Dawn Carlile
John Pratt
First Vice President 
Ardys Vaughn
Second Vice President
Linda Aubrey
Linda Forrest
Recording Secretary
Judy Brown
Corresponding Secretary
Chester Stevenson (incoming mail) and Betty Marx (outgoing mail)


OGS Fall Seminar
Saturday, November 14th

This year's fall seminar be a first for OGS. It will be a live webinar with Lisa Alzo, author, speaker, and genealogist. It will be the same as a regular seminar including the opportunity to ask questions after each of her presentations.
The topics are:
  • Immigrant Cluster Communities: Past, Present and Future
  • Diseases, Disasters, Distress: Bad for Your Ancestors, Good for Genealogy
  • Make Those Skeletons Dance: Exploring Your Family’s Dark Side
  • Murder, Mayhem and Town Tragedy
Additional details are on the seminar page.

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