Pastfinders of South Lake County Genealogical Society
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Welcome to Pastfinders!
Welcome to the Pastfinders of South Lake County​ Website.
We are located in the Gem of the Hills, Clermont, Florida. The Cooper Memorial Library and the Historic Clermont scenes including Citrus TowerGenealogy Room is our base of operation with Monthly meetings, special help sessions, computer users meeting and other activities. Our goal is to help you find your roots, with Beginners Classes, individual one-on-one help sessions, computer classes, and scanning help.
Our Monthly Meeting is the 2nd Thursday of the month from 4:30 to 7 PM.  We meet in Room 108 at the Cooper Memorial Library
Our Computer Users Group Meeting is the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 1 to 3 PM.  We meet in Room 221 at the Cooper Memorial Library.
Pastfinders provides free help sessions to aid you in your search. Sessions are held in the Genealogy Room at the Library. No appointment necessary, See the Calendar for exact dates/times and more detailed information.
Our meetings are held from September to May.  During the summer months we do schedule informal get togethers dubbed Summer Meet Ups and you can still get help by appointment (June, July, August).

Email from John and Addison who live in Oregon 
As the Webmaster for our Genealogical Society, I often wonder if people can find our website during a genealogy search and if they find anything that will help them in their research.  Well, just a few days ago, we received an Email addressed to info@pastfinderslc.org that answered both questions.  This Email came from John in Oregon and ...., I'll just let them tell the story. 
From: John -------
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2018 4:45 PM
To: info@pastfindersslc.org
Subject: Pastfinders of South Lake
My name is John. I just wanted to reach out and say thank you. My daughter Addison was adopted as an infant and last year (right before her 13th birthday) she started to become very interested in genealogy. She was determined to trace back her ancestors. We have done a ton of research during this past year which is how we found your page https://pastfindersslc.org/links.php?sid=1&cid=3. It really gave us the information we needed to be successful on this journey.
We actually ended up tracing back to ancestors that came through Ellis Island so Addison asked me to share with you this article she found: "New York City and the History of Ellis Island" http://www.bbcleaningservice.com/history-of-ellis-island.html. She thought it would be a good addition to the other resources on your page. We found the article and the links within it very helpful so hopefully you find some use for it too.
We would love to know what you think of it and she would be very excited to see it on your page.
Have a great day,
John and Addison  

 Now, please check out our Links Page where you will find a link to "New York City and the History of Ellis Island".  Thank You Addison !!

Pastfinders Welcomes 44 new members in past 12 months
 In the last half of 2017, 16 new members joined Pastfinders
  •  Delvon, William & Barbara, Tony & Gail, Joe & Brigette, Angela, Dennis, Carol, John, Keith, Cheryl & Ferdinand, Arie, and Julie
In the first quarter of  2018, 21 new members joined Pastfinders
  • Arlene, Ardera, Elena, Catherine, Susan, Karen, Donna, George & Joyce, Debora, Judith , Dorenda, Sheryl & Shirley, Jeannette & Mark, Clarice, Gail, Sonya, and Herman & Jacqueline
In the second quarter of 2019, we had 7 new member join us.
  • Susan, Kristin, John & Mary, Timothy & Jenny, and Beverly

Pastfinders Quick Look Calendar
This calendar shows the next four months of activity on the schedule.
You will find the near term activities described below on this Home Page.
For Detailed information about any activity that we have scheduled, go to the Pastfinders Calendar.
If you are looking for a specific activity, use the Filter by Category drop down which contains the following categories:
  • Beginners Class
  • Computer Users Group
  • Help Sessions
  • Member Meetings
  • Special Events
  • Summer Meet Up 
 If you are looking for an event beyond 6 months, you will need to change the Timeframe Filter

Pastfinders Summer Schedule
Scheduled Meet Ups and Help Sessions by appointment
Esther and Sandi introduced weekly get-togethers a couple of summers back and we are  pleased to note they have become a regular feature. This is an opportunity to get together with other Pastfinders to chat about whatever becomes the topic of the day.  It may be your latest discovery or your most challenging brick wall in your family research. Or it may just be cementing new friendships.  Everyone joins in to answer questions, solve problems and enjoy the company.  Its open to all, no requirements for meeting up, no reservations required.  The meetings start at 10:00 in the Genealogy Room at Cooper Memorial Library.  Please refer to the Quick Look Schedule for the dates.
Pastfinders are pleased to be able to provide Help Sessions during the summer by appointment. To schedule an appointment Email us at:   info@pastfindersslc.org 

Pastfinders Monthly Meeting for September
What Day: Thursday, September 13, 2018
What Time: 4:30 to 5:00 meet and greet time
                    5:00 to 7:00 is the Presentation and Q&A
Where:  Cooper Memorial Library, Room 108
The September 13 presentation is by Allison Ryall  So You've done your DNA, Now What?
Allison Ryall is the Genealogy Specialist for the Orange County Library System and an instructor in Boston University’s Genealogical Research Program. Previously Allison worked with the National Genealogical Society as their Advertising and Marketing Manager and Graphic Designer and served as a grader for the National Genealogical Society's Home Study Course. Allison also served as the conference tri-chair, program chair, and Ancestors Road Show Chair for the New England Regional Genealogical Conference and as the conference chair for the Association for Professional Genealogist’s annual conference. Prior to pursing her passion of genealogy Allison was a media executive and has extensive experience in the areas of research, media relations, program management, and marketing. She holds degrees in US History and Russian Studies and a Masters degree in American and New England Studies from the University of Southern Maine. 

Pastfinders September CUG Meeting
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
1:00 to 3:00 PM
Cooper Memorial Library
Room 221
During the past several CUG meetings we planned to show examples of how to use the Ancestry.com Card Catalog, but we seemed to get side tracked.     
So, for September we WILL demonstrate examples of how to use the Card Catalog.  One of the main reasons for needing to use the Card Catalog is that nearly 80% of the databases in Ancestry are not found using the global search.  So 80% of the data that Ancestry contains requires us to find the right database to find specific information that will hopefully provide the documentation that we are searching for. 
Here are some of the resources that I will be using:

Pastfinders Help Sessions 
September of 2018
3 Tuesday Sessions:
September 4, 18, 25
3 Thursday Sessions:
September 6, 20, 27
 Pastfinder Volunteers have been there many times and have broken through the Brick Wall many times.  They (hopefully) can help you do the same.
Bring enough of your Ancestry Data to provide the Pastfinders Volunteer the background that will provide a starting place.