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
Jun. 25
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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Jun. 26
Red Yarn - "Sharin' Space with the Critters" 11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.Loucks Auditorium
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Through energetic folk songs, engaging puppet routines & interactive storytelling, award-winning family performer Red Yarn & his lovable Critter puppets will help kids learn about respect, boundaries & safety in an inclusive community.  First come, first seated. Doors open 15 minutes prior to the show.

Phone: 503-588-6315

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Red Yarn - "Sharin' Space with the Critters" 1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.Loucks Auditorium
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Through energetic folk songs, engaging puppet routines & interactive storytelling, award-winning family performer Red Yarn & his lovable Critter puppets will help kids learn about respect, boundaries & safety in an inclusive community. First come, first seated. Doors open 15 minutes prior to the show.

Phone: 503+588-6315

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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.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Wednesdays with the Stars: Movies in Teen Scene3:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.Teen Scene
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

This week's movie: The Hate U Give(PG-13; 133 minutes; 2018) Teens are invited to kick back in Teen Scene and enjoy free weekly movies. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

Phone: 503-588-6315

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: