Pastfinders Genealogical Society of South Lake County
To Register for the May 13, 2021 Pastfinders Meeting ZOOM Link, click HERE
Our Speaker:  Cari A. Taplin
Meeting Topic:  Using Timelines and Tables to Analyze Your Research
For more details, click HERE
To see the Meeting Poster, click HERE 

Pastfinders eConference for 2021 (Saturday, June 5th) 
Registration for the eConference at the early registration fee of $ 18.00 will be available until May 14, 2021.  The price will increase to $ 23.00 on May 15th.
There is also the option to register for the eConference AND join Pastfinders Genealogical Society for half price.
Single and Dual Memberships are available and are located at the registration page.
To register for the conference, click on 2021 Jun 5 eConference. You will then be able to register online and either pay with PayPal or send a check.  You will need to select the cash or check option using the V in the credit / PayPal box.
After you have registered and payment has been recieved, you will be sent the Zoom Registration Link.  Yes, 2 registrations, 1 registration to pay for the eConference and the second registration to get the Zoom Link.
Gena Philibert-Ortega will be conducting a brick wall workshop, for first hour she will talk about methods to solve brick wall problems, then in the second hour, she will provide suggested approaches to solving brick walls for some of the workshop participants.  Participants will have to submit their brick wall problems prior to May 10.
For Even More Information, 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 meeting you will need to register for each type of Event that you want to attend.  You register 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).  Several days prior to the Event, you will receive an Email with the Zoom Link.
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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