Submitted by Sharon Harris: Member since 2015
Submitted by Sharon Harris: Member since 2015
My grandfather, James Cecil Beswick left his home in Warrington, England, bound for America with his best mate, Harry. They first lived in Chicago where James worked as a fine cabinet maker. He served in France during WWI, lived in Victoria, B.C. and ended up in California where he worked on the Caldecott tunnel. James went back to England to visit family when he met Hannah Till, the Ministry of Labour’s Chief Lady Clerk. Hannah traveled by ship and train to California and married James in Berkeley on May 22, 1926.

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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 2022, 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. 
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Upcoming Events
July 14
"The Records That Tragedy Leave Behind" With Gena Philibert-Ortega
Was your ancestor a victim of a tragedy? Sinking ships like the Lusitania or Titanic, geological events like the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, and weather events like the Children’s Blizzard can ...

September 8
"Reading Old Handwriting" With Richard Rands
Learning how to decipher old handwriting styles can be one of the most satisfying skills that a family historian can develop. Being able to clearly understand and transcribe the details ...

October 8
Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist
Judy Russell, the internationally-known genealogist with a law degree will help you understand the often arcane legal concepts that are so important to those of us studying family history. ...

November 10
"What's New in Family Tree Maker" With Mark Olsen
Join Mark Olsen as he answers all your questions about the latest version of Family Tree Maker (FTM) software. You will discover features, updates and more. This is an interactive ...

January 12
"Tracking Down Your Easter European Ancestors" With Pam Vestal
In spite of the many wars, boundary changes, and political and natural catastrophes, an astonishing number of records exist for our Eastern European ancestors, both here and abroad.  We'll explore strategies for finding their places of ...