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
DNA Special Interest Group now meeting via the ZOOM online conferencing app.
Our next meeting is scheduled for July 1, 2020 at 1:30 PM
We will continue reviewing the DNA matches on AncestryDNA since an internet problem interrupted our session on June 17th. If we finish with the DNA Matches, we will begin showing how to use AncestyDNA Thrulines. We have created a DNA SIG Email Group, if you have received any information about the DNA SIG, you are in the group and will continue to receive meeting updates and Zoom meeting links. The link for the July 1 meeting will be Email on Monday, June 29th. If you would like to join us, please contact Stan Wells at this link: email@example.com
Our plan is to continue the ZOOM DNA SIG through the summer since you can join the meeting anywhere with a wifi signal. We are starting with AncestryDNA only because a majority of people mentioned AncestryDNA when we did the survey last year. But a DNA special Interest Group is open to any DNA interests, questions, learning that the group selects.
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.
Since the Cooper Memorial Library is closed for group meetings until further notice, this event is also on hold until further notice.
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:
The starting date is TBD.
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