The Cottage Grove Genealogical Society was organized February 10, 1975 to promote and stimulate interest in genealogy and to collect and preserve genealogical and historical information, especially that pertaining to Cottage Grove and the surrounding areas. The Cottage Grove Genealogical Society is an all-volunteer group. Everyone is a key member doing their very best to continue the interest in genealogy for the benefit of all.
We offer a number of services to the genealogical community: a fine research library, monthly meetings which include programs on topics of genealogical interest, classes for beginning researchers, reasonable membership fees, a bi-annual newsletter, Early Settler Certificates, and an assortment of publicationsand forms for purchase.
We will also conduct research for those who are unable to visit our library personally. Society members have volunteered to assist you at the rate of $10.00 per hour plus direct costs. All proceeds benefit the Cottage Grove Genealogical Society. For help, please e-mail Jane Myers, who will promptly forward your request to our research volunteers.
The Society, in cooperation with Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel, has developed a search engine for interments. To access it, click Welcome to our Genealogy Search or select Genealogy from the menu at the Smith-Lund-Mills site.
Our research library is open to the public and contains nearly 3,000 books including family histories, county histories, atlases, research aids, resource records along with many rolls of microfilm and microfiche. Two microfilm readers, two microfiche readers and a photocopy machine are available. We also have a two computers on which are installed several genealogy software programs and a wide assortment of CD-Roms containing genealogical data. There is no charge to use the library facilities. Photocopies and computer printouts are available at nominal cost.
The library is located at 207 H Street (at the corner of Birch). It is open to the public, free of charge, Wednesday through Saturday, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. It is also open Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:00 p.m and by appointment. Contact the Librarian at (541) 942-9570 to schedule appointments.
All who are interested are welcome to join us at our monthly meetings. These are held at the library on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:00 a. m. After a short business meeting, we enjoy a brief program, and then adjourn for lunch. The library opens for research at 1:00 p.m. We have modest kitchen facilities on premises, and you may eat in the conference room, so plan to spend the day!
In addition, we sponsor an assortment of genealogy classes and workshops during the year.
Membership in the Cottage Grove Genealogical Society is $20.00 per calendar year for individuals and $25.00 per year for families. Membership entitles you to our publication, Trees from the Grove, published twice a year. Queries for members are free; non-members may submit up to two queries per issue for $1.00. To become a member, print out the form on the publicationspage, indicate "membership" on the "please send me" line, and mail your completed form to us at the address above.
Interested in climbing your family tree? Have fun and enjoy finding your ancestors! Students will learn where and how to start their research, how to organize and record records, where to search for records and find valuable resources. Classes are taught by members of the Cottage Grove Genealogy Society. The current class schedule is available here
Early Settler Certificates
Applications for Early Settler Certificates are available upon request. Each certificate is $5.00.
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