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Welcome to the New Program Year - September 2022 to May 2023

We certainly hope that the worst days of the pandemic are behind us, so some in-person activities can resume. We intend to have hybrid meetings in Williamson Hall, so ZOOM will still be available, too. Check Events for details about coming events.

The Library continues to be open by appointment. Select Library on the Toolbar for details. 

Welcome to the
Bend Genealogical Society

Genealogy can include:

      • Finding ancestors
      • Building family trees
      • Learning family stories
      • Preparing our work for others
The Bend Genealogical Society in Central Oregon is here to help you!

About Us

The Bend Genealogical Society (fondly known as BGS) has been a gathering place of family historians in Bend, Deschutes County, Oregon, since 1993. 

  • We believe that a rewarding part of helping another work their way up the genealogy learning curve is finding yourself closer to the top, too!
  • We value helping each other achieve our family research goals.

Learn more about BGS, plus its Membership Benefits

Genealogical Library

The BGS Genealogical Library has over 2,400 genealogy books and journals for research in nearly all US states and many countries around the world. There are also reference books, how-to books, family genealogies and lots more.

The friendly volunteer staff will be glad to help you navigate your way around the library and answer your questions.

Learn more about the Library

Upcoming Events

We want to help you!


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Support us with a donation

Local Record Lookups

Bend Genealogical Society volunteers may be able to find Deschutes Co. records for you or an obituary in the Bend Bulletin or Redmond Spokesman. There are fees for local lookups.

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Other ways to help BGS or give yourself a tax credit through the Oregon Cultural Trust!

BGS earns a donation from Fred Meyer when you shop with your Rewards card. The donation does not affect your rewards.

Select the Bend Genealogical Society as your charity of choice at: Fred Meyer Community Rewards, then use your card every time you shop.

Shopping through Amazon smile is the same as shopping on the Amazon site, except that BGS will earn a donation on qualified purchases.

Use your Amazon login and password at Amazon Smile and select the Bend Genealogical Society as your charity of choice.

The Cultural Trust tax credit funds cultural activities in Oregon. Make a donation to an approved nonprofit (BGS is on the list). Then make a matching gift to the Cultural Trust. If you pay state income tax, you will get a tax credit, dollar for dollar, on your tax return. The Cultural Trust donation costs you nothing. Info about the Cultural Trust tax credit.

GoodShop offers terrific discounts & coupons for 7,000+ retailers on the web. When you use GoodShop, BGS earns a donation. If you use GoodSearch, BGS earns a penny for every Yahoo internet search.

Register at GoodShop & select The Bend Genealogical Society as your charity of choice and use GoodShop or GoodSearch today.

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