Genealogy Resources

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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
Aug. 17
Salem Area Ravelers1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.Heritage Room (2nd floor)
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Fiber crafters of all varieties are invited to find their tribe at this monthly drop-in stitching session. All ability levels are welcome. Novices are welcome to learn from area masters of knitting, crochet, spinning, and tatting. BYO project, or just come for conversation and inspiration.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Lego Party2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.Story Rooms A & B
Salem Public Library

The Legos are provided, so families only need to bring their imagination for this unstructured, creative exercise for ages 4 and up.

Phone: 503-588-6315

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Aug. 20
Cancelled - Free English Classes/Clases de inglés gratis2:30 p.m.4:00 p.m.Plaza Room
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Todos los niveles (estudiantes principiantes, intermedios y avanzados de inglés) pueden venir a esta clase gratuita de inglés ahora disponible semanalmente en la Biblioteca Pública de Salem. Sólo toma unos minutos para inscribirse. Asiste cuando pueda. Esta clase se enseña un instructor con experiencia de Industrias Goodwill. Disponible a través de una asociación con Industrias Goodwill y la Biblioteca Pública de Salem. All levels (beginning, intermediate, and advanced English students) are available at this free drop-in English class now available weekly at Salem Public Library. It only takes a few minutes to enroll. Attend when you can. This class is taught by an experienced instructor from Goodwill Industries. Available through a partnership with Goodwill Industries and Salem Public Library.

Phone: 503-588-6315

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The Salem Spanish Language Group6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.Conference Room
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Meeting the first and third Tuesday of the month, this group is for anyone interested in the Spanish language. All levels are welcome.

Phone: 503-588-6315

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Cancelled - 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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Contact us

Willamette Valley Genealogical Society
Monday CLOSED
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:
WVGS
P.O. Box 2083
Salem OR 97308-3083
Website: