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Press Release: “Schmidt Family of West Bend Breaks a Record in Spencer”


For more info, contact:
Josiah Schmidt
(937) 825-6049


Schmidt Family of West Bend Breaks a Record in Spencer

AUGUST 1, 2016 – The Schmidt Family of West Bend, Iowa gathered for a massive family reunion at the Clay County Fairgrounds and Events Center in Spencer on Saturday and Sunday (July 30th and 31st). Their event reunited hundreds of cousins who all descend from a shepherd named Hans Schmidt who lived in proximity to the towns of Nentershausen and Machtlos, Germany in the late 1500s and early 1600s.

“Our event boasted a headcount of over 1,000, with 678 of those attendees having direct descent, by blood or marriage, from Hans Schmidt, the family patriarch,” said Josiah Schmidt, a professional family history researcher, and the lead organizer for the reunion. “This weekend, the Schmidts officially surpassed the 1980 Osterhaus Reunion at Dyersville, which had a total headcount of 900, as the largest family reunion in the history of the state of Iowa.”

Attendees at the Schmidt Family Reunion came from 31 states and 3 countries. They enjoyed authentic German food and drink, live German music, German language classes, German bingo, a marketplace of 30 crafters and vendors, a classic car show, carnival games, a German language church service, family history presentations, and a 21 foot written family tree that dominated one of the walls of the Events Center.

Josiah Schmidt says that this success only represents the beginning for his family: “We are already planning an even bigger reunion for just a few years from now. The record for largest family reunion in America is 2,500, and the record for largest family reunion in the world is about 4,500. We’ll aim to break one or both records the next time we reunite.”

The Schmidt Reunion was financially sponsored by the Clay County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Great Harvest Bread Company, Harris Financial Services, J&L Trucking, Kansas City Kreations, Morton Buildings, Schmidt Roofing, and TDJ Construction.


More information can be found at

Reunion Cousin Count Panorama cover photo

Sold-Out Books Are On The Way

Karl Crosses The Atlantic online screenshotIf you ordered a sold-out children’s book or cookbook at the reunion this weekend, your order has been placed! You will receive your book(s) in the mail in 2-3 weeks. If you ordered a missing lineage sheet, you will receive that in the mail in 1 week. Enjoy!

Final Count: 678 Cousins!

678 Cousins

Well done, Schmidt Family! On July 30th-31st, 2016, we reunited 678 verified cousins at the Clay County Fairgrounds & Event Center in Spencer, Iowa. Including other guests (who did not technically qualify as a direct descendant or spouse), our headcount was over 1,000. Next time will be even bigger!

Thanks to Ed & Carla Schmidt!

Thank You - Ed and Carla Schmidt

THANK YOU to our cousin Ed Schmidt, and his wife, Carla, of Whittemore, IA, for their very generous donation to the 2016 Schmidt Family Reunion fund! Join Edward & Carla and make history!
Ed is the son of Merlin Schmidt, grandson of Fred Schmidt, great grandson of Henry Schmidt Sr., 2xgreat grandson of Conrad Schmidt, 3xgreat grandson of Dietrich Schmidt Sr., 4xgreat grandson of Friedrich Schmidt, 5xgreat grandson of Johannes Schmidt Jr., 6xgreat grandson of Johannes Schmidt Sr., 7xgreat grandson of Hans Heinrich Schmidt, and 8xgreat grandson of Hans Schmidt.