"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. 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. Note that the collection items cannot be removed from the library. The Society also has an offsite collection of periodicals and family histories and genealogies. 
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 2019:
Elected Officers: 
         Elizabeth Tice 

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

Recording Secretary:
         Sally Broadwater 

Corresponding Secretary:
         Tony Hoff 

         Barbara Foster
Appointed Positions:
Newsletter Editor:
       Elizabeth Tice 

Beaver Brief Editors:
       Dennis Hill & Craig Smith

       Deanne Smith 

Volunteer Coordinator:
       Craig Smith 

       George Cropsey 

       Dennis Hill
The WVGS Salem Public Library Genealogy Department:
  • Trained volunteers to assist with genealogy research. 
  • Access to Ancestry.com. 
  • WVGS collection of 5,000 books, CDs and microfilm will be part of the online catalog for Salem Public Library which can be searched from home. All materials are for library use only. 
  • Three library computers are available for genealogy use. 
  • WVGS volunteers also have laptops for their use with helping patrons.