Schmidt DNA Points to Scotland

Through the written records, our family of Schmidts can trace our ancestry back to a Hessian shepherd named Hans Schmidt, who was born in about 1594, and who died on 18 June 1680 in the town of Blankenbach in the Werra Valley. Hans Schmidt death record; Blankenbach, Germany; 18 June 1680 We have his death […]

Cousins Sandy and Bernadine Help Identify Photos

Thanks to our cousins Sandra Schmidt and Bernadine (Schmidt) Messner for helping to identify the faces in a whole load of photographs from the Henry and Celina (Wirtz) Schmidt branch of the family! In this photograph, you can see, from left to right: Celina (Wirtz) Schmidt, Mary Ann (Schmidt) Thiem, Arline (Schmidt) Lindstrand, and Bernadine […]

Schmidt Reunion in the Des Moines Register

Well well, what’s this in the Des Moines Register this weekend? Thanks to reporter Kyle Munson for writing this fascinating story on our upcoming 2016 Schmidt Family Reunion!

Congrats to Mike Schmidt and Matt Studer

Our family just got a little bigger! Congrats to our cousin, Mike Schmidt, on his engagement to Laura Linzmeier. Congrats also to our cousin, Matt Studer, and his wife, Julie, on the birth of their son, Griffin Studer. Mike Schmidt is the son of Steve Schmidt, grandson of Don Schmidt, great grandson of William Schmidt, […]

Congrats to Mark & Cyndi Anliker on Winning Reunion Mug Raffle!

Congratulations to our cousins Mark & Cyndi Anliker of Baraboo, WI on winning the reunion mug raffle! Sign up for the reunion newsletter at to be eligible for future raffles. Our winning cousin’s lineage: Mark is the son of Keith Anliker, the grandson of Earl Anliker, the great grandson of Elizabeth (Schmidt) Anliker, the great great […]