Submitted by Linda Schmidt: Member since 2017
Submitted by Linda Schmidt: Member since 2017
This is the wedding photo of my husband’s paternal grandparents, Ed Schmidt and Hazel Carpenter, married on September 28,1914. Lawrence Welk grew up with the bride and groom and played at their wedding. Ed’s brother, Homer, was a member of Welk’s band and played the drums. He later had his own band, called the Bohemian Band, but unfortunately, he never made it as big as Lawrence Welk.

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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
March 11
"Same Name Methodology - Is it One, Two or More People?" With Dr. Jan Joyce
Discover how to crack the case when there are multiple people with the same names in your family tree. Click here to register for this meeting. After registering, you will receive ...

April 8
"Review of DNA Testing Company Differences and Tools" With Mark McLaren - Zoom Webinar
What are the best DNA testing companies on the market? Why do results differ between them? Mark McLaren will look at the various companies for DNA analysis and share the ...

May 13
CCCGS Annual Business Meeting and "Show & Tell" - Zoom Meeting
Our annual business meeting where we introduce and install the new members of the board. It is followed by our popular Show & Tell where meeting participants share genealogical ...

June 10
"Coming to America: The Ellis Island Experience" With Madeline Yanov - Zoom Webinar
Between 1892 and 1954, Ellis Island, New York, processed over 12 million immigrants. Many of us are descended from the people who landed at Ellis Island. Do you know what they ...

July 8
"Historic Disasters, Epidemics, Politics and Other Calamities" With Laurie Werner Castillo
Both natural and manmade calamities were part of the everyday lives of your ancestors. Laurie Werner Castillo will share how major weather events, earthquakes, fires, epidemics, wars, and pestilence affected their ...