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16 March 2009

Elderberries Visit CGS

The CGS Library hosted a small group from St. John's Episcopal Church in Oakland's Montclair District on March 11, 2009. The nine "Elderberries" arrived at 10:00 a.m. for a tour of the library and a brief talk by CGS President Jane Lindsey about the basics of genealogy research.

CGS members Dick Rees and Judy Bodycote were on hand to help them get started and assist with some basic computer searches. The group stayed for lunch and resumed their research in the afternoon until their departure at 2:00 p.m.

Margaret "Margie" Bowman, who is a member of both the Elderberries and the California Genealogical Society, made the arrangements for the visit.

The Elderberries group "offers fun, fellowship and philanthropy" to the "60-plus" members of the St. John's congregation. Their pastor, Rev. Elaine Reichert, who was unable to attend the CGS outing, put out a call to members to think of some interesting local places to go. Margie, who joined CGS last year, thought that the CGS Library fit the bill nicely.

Although most of the nine visitors have not pursued genealogy as a hobby in the past, we hope that their visit has inspired them to continue the search.

The society welcomes interested groups to tour the library and spend time exploring our genealogy resources. E-mail the society or call 510-663-1358 to schedule a group visit.

Photographs by Kathryn M. Doyle, 3/11/2009, Oakland, California.