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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Our evening meetings, conducted via Zoom, showcase a guest presenter who delves into a compelling genealogical subject. Open to both members and the public, these sessions are free of charge with registration required for attendance. Visit the Events page for more information and registration links. 
  • Time and Date: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) 2nd Thursday of each month (except August and December).
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Monday Morning Roundtable
These monthly Zoom meetings allow attendees to share valuable research findings and extend support to one another on their personal genealogy projects within a close-knit environment. and to assist each other with their personal genealogy projects.
  • The Zoom meeting takes place the fourth Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m.
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Annual Fall 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. Note: Our 2023 event has been postponed until 2024. 
Descendants Newsletter
Our newsletter, Descendants, is exclusively available to our valued members. Published ten times per year each issue covers an array of topics:  
  • Special interest stories, interviews, and research tips from genealogy specialists, including our own member experts
  • Topic-driven photo essays featuring ancestral snapshots contributed by members
  • Insights from our CCCGS president
  • ​Research facilities in and around Contra Costa County  
  • Calendar of CCCGS hosted events 
  • Event notices for other genealogical societies in Northern California and national genealogical societies 
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Upcoming Events
March 14
Mexican Catholic Parish Records, Pre-Marital Investigations, with Henriett Martinez Christmas
Spanish colonial and Mexican Catholic marriage records are rich in genealogical information. This session will discuss the laws, customs, and the significance of pre-marital investigations, dispensations, and marriage ceremony records, ...

April 11
DNA Testing: Two surprises and a bombshell with Sharon Marangoni
This presentation will focus on DNA matches obtained through the four most popular testing companies, Ancestry DNA, MyHeritage DNA, FamilyTree DNA, and 23andMe.  We will help you explore what test is ...

May 9
CCCGS Annual Business Meeting and “Show & Tell” Event
Our annual business meeting where we install new members to the Board of Directors, vote on any bylaws changes, and receive a financial report. Plus, our popular “Show & Tell” ...

June 13
"Shamrocks, Leprechauns, and Harps: Researching your Irish Roots" with Sara Cochran
Ireland can be a challenging place to research. Learn what records exist and what ones no longer exist before you get started searching for your Irish roots. Click here to register for ...

July 11
Aboard Navy Hospital Ships with Rear Admiral (ret.) Bonnie Potter
  Rear Admiral Bonnie Burnham Potter was the first female physician in the Navy Medical Corps to be selected for flag rank. She served as the commanding officer of the ...