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Start your family history project using the genealogy resources available at Salem Public Library's Main Library, 585 Liberty ST SE. The library hosts the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society (WVGS) and their collection to assist users in this type of research. ​WVGS volunteers are available during some open hours to assist library users at no cost.

Willamette Valley Genealogical Society also hosts free programs of interest genealogists, such as a speaker, seminar, or workshop.  To learn more about WVGS and any plans for upcoming programs, visit their website.

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

By Mail:             Willamette Valley Genealogical Society

                             P.O. Box 2083

                             Salem, OR 97308-2083

By Email:          [email protected]

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