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:

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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: