Submitted by Tod Souza: Member since 2018
Submitted by Tod Souza: Member since 2018
My great-grandfather, João Ignacio de Souza, had a good life with his wife, Maria, and their five children in the Portuguese Azores and Hawaii. Tragically, he suffered a painful death in 1922 when he took a knife from the washhouse of his home and stuck it in his stomach. He had not intended to take his life but suffered from cancer and thought he could cut the pain out. Here he is with is wife and two eldest daughters.

Our Meetings and Events

Deep Discount for Members Attending the 2021 CCCGS Fall Webinar!
Member Fees
$15 for one Saturday
$20 for both Saturdays
Non-member Fees
$25 for one Saturday
$45 for both Saturdays
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General Meetings
These evening meetings feature a guest presenter on a genealogy topic and are free to both members and the public. Until further notice, our meetings will be held via Zoom. 
  • Time and Date: 6:30 – 8 p.m. 2nd Thursday of January, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, November
  • Address: LDS Building 1360 Alberta Way, Concord 
Research Meetings 
These evening meetings provide opportunities to do research using databases at the Concord Family History Center and to get help from knowledgeable mentors. These meetings are free to both members and the public. Until further notice, these meetings are suspended. 
  • Time and Date: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 2nd Thursday of February, October
  • Address: Concord Family History Center, 3700 Concord Blvd, Concord
Monday Morning Roundtable
This is a group that meets weekly to share information on helpful genealogy research and to assist each other with their personal genealogy projects. The meetings take place via Zoom. 
  • Time and Date: Mondays at 10 a.m. 
  • Contact Lisa Gorrell at for information on how to join
Annual Fall Seminar/Webinar
This popular event, usually held in October, features a professional from the genealogy field who conducts a deep-dive into a broad topic of interest. During the year 2021, the program will be presented online as a webinar.The webinar is open both to members and the public. It is fee-based with members charged a reduced rate. 
Descendants Newsletter
Our monthly newsletter, Descendants, is published ten times per year (not in August and December) and is included with every membership. You must be a member to receive or have access to the newsletter located in the Members Only section of this site. Feedback, ideas and suggestions for the newsletter are welcomed at

Upcoming Events
September 9
"Down on the Farm: Records to Document Your Farming Ancestor" With Lisa Gorrell
Up to about 1870, farming was the number one occupation, so you probably have many farmers in your family. Lisa Gorrell helps you discover the numerous record sets that document ...

October 9
"Researching Military Records From Three Major American Wars" With Craig Roberts Scott
Renowned author and historian, Craig Roberts Scott shares three lectures on military history and how to research your ancestors who served in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and WWI. ...

October 16
"Photo Detecting 101" With Maureen Taylor
Maureen Taylor, internationally known expert on historic photo identification and preservation, shares two presentations to help you solve your photo mysteries. This is part two of our 2021 CCCGS Fall ...

November 11
"Making History Personal" With Judie and Joseph Palmer
What in the world was happening when your ancestors lived? Judie and Joseph Palmer will share how historical context can provide clues to the motivations of your ancestors, including their movements, ...

January 13
"Mayflower to Minuteman: Finding Colonial Records (1610-1790)" With James Baker
Registration for this Zoom event is coming soon.