Genealogical Research:
The Society has a large collection of genealogy books available to members and the public at the Salem Public Library. The collection includes Genealogy and history books, periodicals, microfilm, microfiche, CDs and maps. There are also computers devoted to genealogical research and accessing the large collection of CD Databases as well as internet resources such as Ancestry.com. Volunteers are available to assist researchers; see the 'About Us' page for the volunteer availability schedule. The Society also assists with research for a fee.
How to send a Research Request:
Submit an electronic request form. You may use this form to submit information/research requests to the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society or to inquire about genealogy or Oregon history research services.
Fee Schedule for Research:
We are pleased to assist you with your research. Our fee is $10 per document or 3 for $20, if the search is successful. That would include obituaries, newspaper articles, birth, marriage and death records, etc. The fee includes postage for 5 pages or less. If over 5 pages there will be a charge for postage and handling. We will conduct general research for a minimum fee of $10, if the search is successful. Please contact us before sending in a payment and review the WVGS policy for full details.
Genealogical discovery can also be achieved through genetic matches using the Family Tree DNA project. Their extensive database can help you connect to lineages that are sometimes lost due to data destruction (fires etc.), or migrations across political bounderies.
To access this service click the icon below:
If you would like information on Autosomal DNA testing, stop by the Genealogy Desk at the Salem Public Library on the last Thursday of each month from 5 pm to 7 pm. Denise Sproed, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, will be available to answer your questions.