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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
March Virtual Monthly Meeting on the 11th, Everyone is invited
Registration is Required, please register HERE
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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, Anjie Mercer, and Stan Wells 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, Contact Us and tell us which SIG you wish to join.
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.
Pastfinders Fund Raising Activities
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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