Pastfinders Genealogical Society of South Lake County
Introducing the BEST PRACTICES Study Group, led by Annette Burke Lyttle. This is a bonus program available only to our members and members of Kinseekers.
As one of the benefits of membership in Pastfinders, this 12 month program is free to our members.  
This Group meets monthly for 12 sessions, October 2021 - September 2022, via Zoom. Participants will use the process described in the book Research Like a Pro (by Diana Elder, AG) to work on a self-selected research project throughout the year. Content also includes original lectures from Annette Burke Lyttle.  
Format entails lectures, break-out groups, and discussion. Each session runs 1-1.5 hrs.
Time: Sessions will be the 4th Monday of the month at 7pm, so that working members can attend.
Registration begins on Sunday, September 12, on a first come - first served basis.
Register HERE (you must be logged in to register).

FTM SIG Zoom Link, September 21st at 2:00 PM, click HERE.
DNA SIG Zoom Link, September 22nd at 1:30 PM, click HERE.
Irish SIG Zoom Link, Sep 23rd (changed date) at 10:00 AM, click HERE.
Registration Link for Sept. 30th MEMBER ONLY Meeting, click HERE.
Registration Link for October 14th Monthly Meeting, click HERE.

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 or Beginners Class meeting you will need to signup for each type of Event that you want to attend.  You signup simply by 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, Beginners Class).  Several days prior to the Event, you will receive an Email with the Zoom Link.
Monthly Meetings 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 on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month from 1-3 PM. Cathy Kwech presents two research methods, several online programs, and tips 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 or Beginners Class 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.

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