Rogue Valley Genealogical Society Civil War Classes

Happy New Year! January 8, the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society hosts the first of two virtual classes, “Was My Ancestor in the Civil War?” Renown genealogist and speaker, Brian Rhinehart, will show participants how to discover if their ancestor participated in the Civil War. Attached is a photo of Brian. We would appreciate it if you will share this with your members, and possibly post on your website and in your newsletter.

Thank you for your support! If you need more information, please contact Pat Jenkins at 541-415-0465, or

Pamela Sasseen, Publicity & Public Relations

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society



Do you know if your ancestor was in the Civil War?

Brian Rhinehart, graduate of Boston University’s Certificate in Genealogy Research course, and professional genealogist and speaker, is a direct descendent of six Civil War soldiers. He specializes in Civil War, and War of 1812, records at the National Archives in Washington DC. January 8, Brian will teach the first of two classes on researching Civil War records, “Was My Ancestor in the Civil War?” It is possible, as about 9% of the US population fought in the Civil War in the 1860s. In this class, Brian will share tips on how to determine if your ancestor was in the Civil War, using (mostly) free resources.

January 8, 1:30-3:00pm, $20 for non-members, $10 for members. To register for this virtual presentation, go to Once you’ve completed your registration, you will receive an email the day before the presentation with your Zoom link.

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society Profile of a Quaker

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society & Jackson County Genealogy Library Presents:

Steven W. Morrison

February 20, 2021, Saturday 10am-4pm PST


Finding a Friend in Colonial America

Full Day virtual seminar…Register Now!

Register at: * Programs & Classes

Members: $45 * Non-Members: $55

PROFILE OF A QUAKER – Finding a Friend in Colonial America

The profile of a Quaker (Friend) can be as distinctive as a fingerprint with their unique ethnic origin, belief system, marriage practices, and separate record structure. This session will teach you the profiling techniques you’ll need to spot a Quaker in colonial America.

SIMPLY AMAZING – US Quaker Records Online

In 2014 released its US Quaker Meetings records after years of scanning and indexing. These religious records span the centuries from 1681-1935. By using this subscription website, original records can be viewed online, by browsing the film images or with the aid of a comprehensive index. Learn how to navigate the site and see examples of the basic Quaker record types. A must for anyone with an ancestral brick wall in colonial America.

QUAKER MIGRATIONS – Across Ye United States

How do you find lost Quaker families? FOLLOW THE MEETINGS. Learn how to track your Quaker ancestors by following the opening and closing of monthly meetings they attended. Then marvel at an animated video clip of Quaker meetings marching across the country for 350 years. You won’t believe your eyes!

Ye BEST BOOKS – for Quaker Research

Before the world wide web and the age of internet documents, books were one of the family historian’s most available assets. In the Quaker way, they allowed an expanding nation to share knowledge when the original records were concentrated in only a few repositories. While derivative materials and are less reliable as sources, they play a valuable role as “Finding Aids” to help you locate the original record for your Quaker ancestors, or to understand if it even exists.

Thank you, Jackson County Cultural Coalition & Oregon Cultural Trust, for your support!