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.

Our Meetings and Events

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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 gets together to discuss genealogy research and to help each other in their various efforts. It meets at the home of member, Susan Swindell. Until further notice, this meeting is being held via Zoom on a weekly basis. 
  • Time and Date: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. (lunch at IHOP follows) 2nd Monday of each month
  • Location: Contact Susan Swindell at for more information and her address.  
Annual Fall Seminar
This popular all-day event, held in October, features a professional from the genealogy field who conducts a deep-dive into a broad topic of interest. A raffle and book sale are part of the event. The seminar is open both to members and the public. It is fee-based with members charged a reduced rate. In 2020, this event will be held as a webinar over two days. See the special CCCGS Fall Webinar page for more information. 
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
November 12
"Stories of the Sacramento Delta" With Grant Din - Zoom Webinar
Grant Din shares his family stories and the rich history of this hidden enclave in our own backyard. Click here to register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will ...

January 14
"Did I Get Everything? Creating a Checklist for Genealogy Research" With Thomas MacEntee - Webinar
Find out how to identify gaps in your genealogy research that will allow you to move to the next level. Levels include using genealogy networks, online and offline resources, and crafting a genealogy ...

February 11
"Think Like an Archivist: Libraries and Archives for Genealogy" With Nancy Loe - Zoom Webinar
This webinar will help you locate genealogy resources in libraries and archives worldwide using online archival portals and digital aids. You will learn how archival materials are prepared for researchers and discover ...

March 11
"Creative Hypothesis Development for Complex Genealogical Problems" With Dr. Jan Joyce - Webinar
Discover how to crack your more complex genealogy cases by developing theories that will open up your thinking and lead to success. Webinar details to be announced. 

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 ...