WVGS Document Resource PDFs:
The Beaver Briefs
For nearly five decades, the WVGS has produced a quarterly publication titled “The Beaver Briefs” containing Oregon-centric articles of genealogical interest. Over 40 issues of the Beaver Briefs, including a composite surname instance index, are available to members in searchable PDF format on our ‘Member Page’. Copies of our publication are also available by request from the ‘Research’ page. To see a complete list of the table of contents from all past issues, click below.
The Society’s quarterly publication has been published since 1969. We are still publishing it 4 times a year, thanks to Editors Craig Smith and Dennis Hill. Here is a summary of where to find past issues: 
 
On the shelf at Salem Public Library are indexes: 
   Index to Volumes I to X, catalog number 929.105 Willa index, v.1-10 
   Index to Volumes 11-19, catalog number 929.105 Willa Index v.11-19 
   Index to Volumes 20-29, catalog number 929.105 Willa, Index, v.20-29 
   Index to Volumes 30-39, catalog number 929.105 Willa Index v.30-39 
Note: these are not with other Oregon materials. They are on the first shelf, facing the window. 
 
On the shelf behind the Salem Library's WVGS Volunteer Desk are copies of Volumes 1 to 28. These are not in the catalog but are available for volunteer and patron use.

On the "Member Page" of the website are searchable PDF copies of Volumes 39 through the current issue. Click below to see the searchable surname index for all these issues.
Scanned PDF images (non-searchable) of issues 1 though 39 are being added to the member page as an ongoing project.

Original copies of all issues, from 1969-2017, Volumes 1 to 49 (up to issue 2 of this year and continuing as we publish new issues) are stored at our Candalaria office, and can be retrieved with at least a day’s notice. Requests can be made at the WVGS Volunteer Desk, or by using the offsite material request form found later on this page.
Materials available at the Salem Public Library
The WVGS’s partnership with the Salem Public Library allows us to make a large portion of our books and other research materials available to the public for use at the library. We also have volunteers available during library hours to assist with research and questions about genealogy in general.
The WVGS book collection is available for reference at the Salem Public Library. The PDF list of nearly 5,000 cataloged items is searchable. The list includes the book title, author, and Dewey number (the collection is filed at the library by Dewy number).
Our CD ROM collection includes reference materials from Family History, Heritage Quest, and others. Titles from the US, Canada and Europe are included. The PDF list is searchable and includes the Dewey number of each item.
A list of the research materials avaialbe on Microfilm-Microfiche sorted by state. The searchable list includes title, Author and Catalog No. Microfilm-Microfiche readers are availble at the library.
The Mahonia Chapter of the Daughters of the American Colonists (DAC) donated their records to WVGS. Family records, group sheets, and bible records are now organized by surname and filed in notebooks at Salem Public Library. These records contain copies and transcriptions of family bibles from many states other than Oregon. Information on a birth, marriage or death of an ancestor might be found. Also the DAC donated various other records, such as histories of towns in Oregon that no longer exist. One section contains early records of the First Methodist Church of Salem, Oregon from 1858-1886. The notebooks are at Salem Public Library for volunteers to use. The contents are listed here and you can request a search on our Research page.
- research the WVGS has done specifically concerning Oregon residents.
WVGS Corresponding Secretaries do research for the Society. A collection of old notebooks with their research materials for Oregon counties has been brought to the Salem Public Library for our volunteers to use. These records are not readily found in our collection or on the internet. For example there is the Harney County Probate Register from 1889-1900, and the Death Records for Clackamas County from 1907-1915 that include cause of death. The materials are sorted by county, but they have not been indexed or scanned. You can request a search of these materials.
Temporarily, the Salem Public Library is unable to add new items to their catalog. To circumvent this restriction with regard to the WVGS collection, 148 books have been added to the bottom shelves beneath the cataloged collection. This is a list of those additional books.
The WVGS subscribes to a number of national genealogical periodicals, many of which are available at our desk at the Salem Public Library. Additional periodicals can be found in our offsite collection (see below).
Materials Stored Offsite
Due to the size of the WVGS’s research collection, some of the materials have to be stored at our office site about a mile and a half south of the library. Access to the materials at the office site must be scheduled in advance. You can also request they be brought to the Salem Public Library using this request form:

The Society has a large collection of family histories and genealogies. Many are standard published genealogies, both recent and older, that were donated to the WVGS and/or the Oregon State Library.
Our offsite collection of state wide periodicals from many states (such as the Connecticut Nutmegger) often includes early editions. The WVGS maintains subscriptions to several publications such as The Kentucky Explorer, so current editions of these are available.
Online Videos
What is Genealogy?    Genealogy for Beginners
Mindy Lampert is getting her Masters of Library and Information Science, with a focus on Archives at Emporia State University. She has been interested in genealogy since she was a teenager, and hopes to continue working with genealogy for a long time to come. Part of her practicum with Salem Public Library has been to work with the genealogy volunteers.   These tutorials were created for one of her classes, and as a part of her practicum with the WVGS. These videos will help walk someone through some of the websites available for studying genealogy and some steps on how to get started.
WVGS members have done research in Marion County and other parts of Oregon. The work has been published by the Society. For example, the Marion County, Oregon 1895 Census and the 1905 Census are meant to replace the missing 1890 US census information that was destroyed in a fire.