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23 April 2012

A Call for Volunteers from Our New Coordinator

The California Genealogical Society is looking for volunteers! Do you have some time to spare? There are a variety of positions waiting for someone like you. 
Are you good with computers, social media and a good writer? Then join our technology or marketing teams.

Work full time but have some talent with Webinars? We can sure use your help.

Great with people in person or on the phone? Then join our membership team.

Have skills with numbers or are good with finances? Come help our treasurer and her group of dedicated volunteers. 
Have experience with database management? Let us know. We’d love your assistance.

Are you very organized and detail oriented? Don’t mind running to the court houses in San Francisco, Alameda or Contra Costa counties? We’ve got a spot for you.

Most fun of all is volunteering at our front desk. Our library is only open because of our fantastic Desk Staff. Can you commit to one Saturday a month? Would you like to be trained as a substitute or added to the list? We can use several interested people.

If you would like to become a volunteer, or if you are a current volunteer who wants to try something new, just fill out a form online or in the library. Or send me an email
Volunteering isn’t just good for our society, it’s also a great way to make new friends and meet fellow genealogists. Who knows, maybe one of them can even help you break down that brick wall. 
—Linda Okazaki 

Linda Okazaki is a fourth-generation Californian, born in San Francisco and raised in Marin County. She received a B.S. in Human Development and an M.A. in Education. After leaving a career working with hospitalized children in Sacramento and Oakland, she discovered a passion for volunteering in the local schools.

As a child, Linda and her mother would explore old cemeteries, just for fun. She initially became interested in genealogy fifteen years ago when her daughter needed help with a school project, but didn’t get serious until joining the California Genealogical Society two years ago, after taking the Intermediate Genealogy Series.

Her love of tending her roses and dwarf fruit trees ties right into her research of the Orchard surname. She also loves to travel and still can’t seem to get enough of those old cemeteries. Linda is currently researching her husband’s Japanese-American ancestry and aspires to write a children’s book about that topic.

Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library