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Our Genealogical Library is currently open every Thursday (except Holidays) from 11 AM to 4 PM,
plus other regular times and by appointment. 
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Welcome to the
Bend Genealogical Society BGS

BGS is for Both
Beginning & Experienced Researchers 

   Learn About: 

      • Finding ancestors
      • Building family trees
      • Learning family stories
      • Preparing your work for others

About Us

The Bend Genealogical Society (fondly known as BGS) has been a gathering place of family historians in Bend, Deschutes County, Oregon, since January 1, 1993 though definitely genealogists had been meeting together in Bend, Oregon, for many years before 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,  plus reference & how-to books, and lots more.

Regular Open Hours (except Holidays)
11 AM to 4 PM every Thursday
10 AM to 2 PM1st Saturday of the month
Noon to 2 PM—2nd Tuesday of the month

The Library is FREE for the public to visit and research using the books in the Library. Only Society members can check out books to study at home.

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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 every time you shop and use your Rewards card.

Select the Bend Genealogical Society as your charity of choice at: Fred Meyer Community Re-wards. Then, use your Rewards card every time you shop. Your Fred Meyer rewards are not affected by the donation BGS receives

Bottle Drop is the easiest way to keep Oregon litter free by redeeming bottles with eligible deposits. Nonprofits can benefit, too,  when you choose to donate your bottles to the BGS account. How?

1) Pick up a Blue Bag with a BGS tag at           the BGS library or a BGS mtg.

2) Fill it with bottles with a 10 cent                   deposit & drop off the full bag at a             redemption center or the BGS Library. 

The Cultural Trust funds cultural activities in Oregon through grants. Donate to an approved nonprofit, such as BGS, and then make a matching donation to the Trust. If you pay state income tax, you will get a tax credit on your tax return. The Trust donation costs you nothing.  Click here for Info about the Cultural Trust tax credit.

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

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

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