Genealogy Resources


Start your family history project using the genealogy resources available at Salem Public Library. The library hosts the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society (WVGS) and their collection to assist users in this type of research. ​WVGS volunteers are available to assist library users at no cost.

Join a Willamette Valley Genealogical Society meeting at the library on the second Saturday of each month at noon for a free program of interest to genealogists, such as a speaker, seminar, or workshop.

For an obituary look-up or specific research, contact WVGS by mail or email.

Online resources

The library hosts two Salem historical sites:

What’s happening
Oct. 22
Storytimes at Salem LibraryChildren's Room
Salem Public Library

  • Preschool Storytime: 10:15 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
  • Infant/Toddler Storytime: 11 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
  • Tiny Tots Playtime: 11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
  • Phone: 503-588-6315

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Oct. 23
Cancelled - Literary Discussion Group1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.Plaza Room
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Join other readers to discuss contemporary and classic literature. Free and open to the public. Note: Beginning with the October 9 meeting, the weekly meetings of the Literary Discussion Group will move to the IKE Box, 299 Cottage St. NE.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Cancelled - Scrabble Club5:45 p.m.8:30 p.m.Conference Room
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Weekly games are played by National Scrabble Association Tournament rules.

Note: Beginning Wednesday, November 6, Scrabble Club meetings will be moved to Broadway Commons.

Phone: 503-364-7724

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Oct. 24
Cancelled - Writers Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow12:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.Plaza Room
Salem Public Library

WYTT members write novels, short stories, memoirs, poetry, etc. The group offers participants a chance to read and listen.

Beginning with the October 3 meeting, weekly meetings of Writers Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow will move to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1444 Liberty St. SE.

Phone: 503-371-1366

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Oct. 25
Tinker Tech Time3:30 p.m.5:30 p.m.Story Room A
Salem Public Library

An afterschool drop-in program. Kids in grades 2–5 with an adult are invited to check out Tinker Tech kits for 30-minute sessions each Friday afternoon for use in the library. There are a limited number of kits available and are first-come, first reserved. A library card is required.

Phone: 503-588-6315

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Contact us

Willamette Valley Genealogical Society
Tuesday 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thursday 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 2083
Salem OR 97308-3083