Pastfinders Genealogical Society of South Lake County

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.

 Registration Links for (Times listed are in the USA eastern time zone):
BEGINNER GENEALOGY Sessions 1, 2, & 3
Family History Research classes on ZOOM - starts at 1:30 PM  
04 Jan 2023 - Family History Research Class # 1 - Register HERE
18 Jan 2023 - Family History Research Class # 2 - Register HERE
01 Feb 2023 - Family History Research Class # 3 - Register HERE
Clermont Members:
Holiday gathering come see old friends and make new ones. 
Do you know an Alumni, please invite them.
Being your family or a friend, you will pay for you and your party. 
Registation link is behind memberhip portal

Pastfinders Calendar of Events
Events are offered by virtual videoconference or in-person
at the Cooper Memorial Library.
Please review the format of the activity you select.
Pastfinders will introduce hybrid presentations as of 2023.
In order to attend a SIG meeting you will simply sending an Email to, identifying what Special Interest Group you would like to attend. Then 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 Monthly Member Meetings AND REGISTER TO ATTEND, click HERE
To View only Family Tree Maker SIG, click HERE
To View only the DNA SIG, click HERE
To View only the Irish SIG, click HERE
To view only Beginners Class, click HERE
To View Central Florida Genealogical Society Events, Click HERE
To View Kinseekers Genealogical Society Event, Click HERE

Special Interest Groups
will meet on Zoom
DNA SIG meets on the 2nd Wednesday each month at 1:30 PM
Carolyn Gornowicz host these sessions covering a range of DNA subjects
Irish SIG meets on the 3rd Monday each month at 10 AM
Peter Stauder is our Irish expert and he will help you discover where and how to research Ireland.
Family Tree Maker SIG meets on the 3rd Tuesday each month at 2 PM
Stan Wells hosts the meetings and uses the FTM 2019 instruction manual to guide content.
Your host will maintain a SIG email distribution list.  You will recived an email several days prior to the meeting with your Zoom link. 
To join,
send an Email with the name of the SIG as the subject and send to
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.  These Classes are sometimes virtual or in-person please see our calendar for details. 
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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