Welcome to Pastfinders!
Welcome to the Pastfinders of South Lake County Website.
We are located in Clermont, Florida (From Gem of the Hills to Choice of Champions). The Cooper Memorial Library's 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 use the Contact Us page to Email us 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 email@example.com, 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, 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 Genealogy Society Events, Click HERE
The Cooper Memorial Library will observe a limited reopening starting Monday, June 1, 2020.
OCCUPANCY: 30 patron capacity with a 1-hour daily max visit.
CURBSIDE PICKUP: Call the library or use the online catalog for help.
SERVICE: Staff will get library items and help with printing needs.
SELF CHECKOUT: Stations available on a first-come, first-served basis.
COMPUTERS: Stations are 6 ft. apart with a 1-hour daily max usage.
MEETING & STUDY ROOMS: Closed until further notice.
LOITERING: No browsing, large gatherings, or extended visits.
GROUPS: Guardians and their children must stay together.
MASKS: Recommended for everyone while visiting the library.
CDC GUIDELINES: Follow their latest COVID-19 recommendations.
The Irish SIG starts on Thursday, August 20, 2020 using Zoom
If YOU have Irish Roots,
You will want to attend the New Irish SIG.
Our resident Irish Genealogy Expert, Peter Stauder will begin hosting the Pastfinders Irish SIG (Special Interest Group) on:
Thursday - August 20, 2020 10 to 11 AM.
This will be hosted using Zoom Video Conferencing.
Pastfinders Fund Raising Activities
Pastfinders members can provide financial support by using the products and services of our Affiliate Partners:
Flip-Pal Scanners are no longer available for purchase.
Pastfinders receives a 0.5% commission for purchases using Amazon.com.
Pastfinders receives a 10% commission for the purchase of an AncestryDNA kit.
Pastfinders receives a 20% commission when you join Ancestry.com.
Further information and links are located at the How you can support us menu button