Our President

Greetings – from CGHS President, Joyce B. Lohse

Joyce B. Lohse

Joyce B. Lohse
2015-2016 CGHS President

Beginning in 1973, Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society offered genealogists in the suburbs of South Denver a place to gather during the day on the 2nd and 3rd Tuesday of each month to learn about genealogy and share information that would be helpful in their personal quests for family history. Mind you, this was before the days of personal computers in every home and internet connections on cell phones!

Columbine is unique and fills many needs. As the name implies, the focus combines genealogy research with its many ties to history. This allows a broader context for study, learning and research. Columbine continues to go strong, offering daytime meetings in a friendly, casual, congenial atmosphere with interesting, instructive and informative classes and programs.

Now, we are experiencing a new wave of interest in family history with ready access to Ancestry.com on the internet, and popular television shows such as “Who Do You Think You Are” and “Finding Your Roots.” These shows provide enough information to let family historians know that they should seek out more information and improve their skills. We make every effort to share our knowledge while encouraging high ethical standards in research and distribution of information.

Browse through our web site and see what we are all about. If you are in the Denver area, we hope you will attend one of our meetings. Visitors are always welcome!

Joyce B. Lohse, 2015 CGHS President
Columbine Genealogical & Historical Society


Who and what will you find when you come to one of our meetings?

CJ Backus - President 2013-2014

CJ Backus – President

You’ll find people: their interests, dedication to the society and laughter will stand out. You might even find a “cousin” if you dig deep enough as you chat over our yummy refreshments served after each program.

You’ll find the what: programs to help you with practices in research, helpful internet sites and information on what you can find as you do your cyber searching; a sense of preserving history with our pedigree charts and community projects; how to document what you find, author talks, good books to have in your library, and what local resources are available to you.

You’ll find a home: by coming to meetings, being a member and even eventually becoming an officer on our board, you’ll know you have found an organization where you will be happy to volunteer your time and talents all in the name of genealogical and historical research. Being at Columbine will bring you friends, knowledge, good food and a sense of community, whether you are from Colorado or anywhere else on earth!

I am so happy that you have found Columbine, or continue to be with us as we go forth and search.

CJ Backus – CGHS Past President