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
January 13
"Mayflower to Minuteman: Finding Colonial Records (1610-1790)" With James Baker
One of our favorite speakers, James Baker returns to share examples of the best types of records to find data about our colonial ancestors. Online records are emphasized. The types of available ...

February 10
"The Orphan Train Movement" With Jeanne MacVicar
The Orphan Train Movement was the largest mass migration of children in American history, lasting from 1854 to 1929. Jeanne MacVicar shares her personal family story about the Orphan Train ...

March 10
"Tracing Your Bartending, Saloonkeeping and Tavernkeeping Ancestors" With Debra M. Dudek
Our ancestor's need for a good drink can provide new details and narratives for your genealogy research. Taverns and saloons have been a crucial American institution, and the men behind the ...

April 14
"Using Maps in Genealogical Research - Part 1 of 2" With Melinda Kashuba
Maps are a critical tool for genealogists. They show us the location of a family grave, homestead, or records repository. Maps can also suggest migration routes, provide context for an ...

May 12
Annual Business Meeting and Show and Tell Event
Our annual CCCGS business meeting where we install new members to the Board of Directors. Plus, our popular Show and Tell where members share genealogy finds. Click here to register ...