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Our Mission

Preserving the family history of the Schmidt Family of the Werra Valley. We seek to reconnect all descendants of Hans Schmidt (1594-1680), the shepherd of Nentershausen and Blankenbach.

Our Story

The Hans Schmidt Family Association was born out of the 2016 Schmidt Family Reunion, which took place at the Events Center in Spencer, Iowa. On July 30, 2016, our event broke the record for the largest reunion ever held by any family in the state of Iowa, the second largest in the United States, and the fourth largest in the world.


Our association is an unincorporated nonprofit association. We are now in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status. Until that is approved, donations to our association are currently not tax-deductible.

Meet our Leadership

The following family members will be serving as the inaugural officers of the Hans Schmidt Family Association.

Josiah Schmidt

Josiah Schmidt

President & Treasurer

Josiah is a historian and genealogist based in St Louis, Missouri. He has spent many years researching the Werra Valley Schmidt Family.

Josiah's branch of the tree

Sandy Schmidt's headshot

Sandy Schmidt

Vice President

Sandy is a professional historian and author, formerly with the Congressional Cemetery. Sandy grew up in Minnesota and now lives in Washington, DC.

Sandy's branch of the tree

Katelynn Schmidt Chou treasurer

Katelynn Schmidt Chou


Katelynn is an English instructor based in Emmetsburg, Iowa, where she currently lives with her husband, Brian Chou, and their two children.

Katelynn's branch of the tree


Genealogy Research Committee

This committee consists of family history researchers who work together to uncover new discoveries and solve mysteries related to our Schmidt family history.

Chase Beaty | Ames, Iowa | view branch
Denise Lindemann | Corwith, Iowa | view branch
Josiah Schmidt | Saint Louis, Missouri | view branch
Sandy Schmidt | Washington, DC | view branch

Get Involved

Would you like to contribute photos, memories, or artifacts to our family history collection? Want to lend your talents by serving on a committee? Care to contribute funds to our history research or charitable endeavors?