Pastfinders Genealogical Society of South Lake County

 Registration Links for (Event schedules reflect USA eastern time zone):
There are no events scheduled in June, July, or August requiring registration for a ZOOM Link.

Summer Conference is coming on Saturday, 4 Jun 2022 
Dancing Through the Documents
Click HERE to register.
09:15 First Speaker - Janet Hovorka
           TOPIC: 6 Steps to Choreograph Your Research Across the Internet
Learn how to correlate your research between the big family history sites.
10:45 Second Speaker – Debbie Wilson Smyth
           TOPIC: Discovering the hidden information that we overlook in census records from the 1790 census to the1950 census
1:00   Afternoon Workshop with Debbie Wilson Smyth
           TOPIC: Indirectly Evident
When no known records exist to identify the parents of an individual, a researcher may utilize indirect evidence to build a proof argument. This workshop offers a case study into the use of indirect evidence to identify the parents of William Graham of Meigs County, Ohio. Debbie will then utilize information provided by conference attendees to demonstrate the use of indirect evidence.
Early Bird Registration for $19.00 Active until May 20.  Prizes after each speaker.
After May 20, the Registration Cost will be full price of $24.00
Click HERE for step-by-step instructions on using a debit or credit card to register.

Welcome to Pastfinders!
Welcome to the Pastfinders of South Lake County‚Äč Website.
We are located in Clermont, Florida (From Gem of the Hills to Choice of Champions). The Cooper Memorial Library's (CML) Genealogy Room is our base of operation with monthly meetings, genealogy help sessions, computer users’ classes, Beginner Classes, and special events. 
Pastfinders mission is to educate the public on the art and science of preserving family history.  Learning about your roots, where you came from, and the struggles your family made to get you where you are today can open one’s eyes to what kind of pioneers our ancestors were. 
All the classes Pastfinders of South Lake County Genealogical Society conducts are open to the public and most are free to attend. Our meetings are held from September to May.
During the summer months the only scheduled activity is a weekly Summer Genealogy Chat at the library. 
Please see the event calendar on the menu bar for more detail or contact us by Email at for more information.

Pastfinders Calendar of Events
All Pastfinders Events are being held using online Video Conferencing.  In order to attend a SIG meeting you will need to signup by simply sending an Email to, the title of the email should be the name of the Event you want to attend (FTM SIG, DNA SIG, Irish SIG).  Several days prior to the Event, you will receive an Email containing the Zoom Link.
Monthly Meetings, Beginners Classes and Special Events require REGISTRATION.  You will find a REGISTRATION link in the description of the Event.  Just click on the REGISTRATION Link and provide your name and Email address.
Details for each Event are shown in the Event Calendar Tab.
To view all Events, click HERE
To View just Monthly Member Meetings AND REGISTER TO ATTEND, click HERE
To View just Family Tree Maker SIG, click HERE
To View just DNA SIG, click HERE
To View just Irish SIG, click HERE
To view just Beginners Class, click HERE
To View Central Florida Genealogical Society Events, Click HERE
To View Kinseekers Genealogical Society Event, Click HERE

Pastfinders Special Interest Groups are meeting virtually using Zoom.
Family Tree Maker SIG meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month at 2 PM
Stan Wells hosts the meetings and uses the FTM 2019 instruction manual to guide content.
DNA SIG meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month at 1:30 PM
Arlene Bird and Carolyn Gornowicz host these sessions covering a range of DNA subjects.
Irish SIG meets on the 3rd Thursday each month at 10 AM
Peter Stauder is our Irish expert and he will help you discover where and how to research Ireland.
Family Research in Beginning Genealogy meets in January, April, September and November. The class discusses research methods, online programs, and tips and strategies to search your ancestry.
The host of each SIG maintains an Email distribution list and sends the link several days before each meeting.
To join, send an Email with the name of the SIG as the subject and send to  If the Email link does not open your Email application, just open a new Email and type in
If you would like to start a special interest group, please contact us.  You do not have to be an expert, but if you have been researching a niche and are willing to share your special knowledge, we can start other SIGs.  German or British SIGs seem to be popular.

Helping to index the 1950 census will be easy to do.  Ancestry created the software to read the handwriting from the 1950 census pages and Family Search will display the results on their website.  Volunteers will look at the handwriting and the results from the Ancestry software and make any necessary corrections, then sign off that the index is correct.  The only skill required is the ability to read and type.  Pastfinders and Kinseekers is working together on the Lake County portion of the 1950 Census.  Contact us at our info Email address.

Excel Spreadsheet Basics class Video.
This class was held on December 4th 2021 for Pastfinders members and guests
Click HERE to view the Video.

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