Pastfinders Genealogical Society of South Lake County
9th Annual Scout Genealogy Merit Badge Workshop
Orientation & Class 1 on Wednesday February 19, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
Workshops on Wednesday Feb 26, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25 and Apr 1, 8 -  5:00 to 7:00 PM.
March 18 will be optional since it is Spring Break week.
Final Meeting on Thursday, April 9, at the Pastfinders Monthly Meeting.
The Pastfinders Genealogy Society will be holding its 9th annual workshop for Scouts seeking their Genealogy Merit Badge.  In this class, while the basics of genealogy research are introduced, the joy and inspiration of discovering fascinating ancestors and the fun of becoming the family detective are part of the experience. The Scout and his/her designated family adult partner will be assisted in completing 13 required tasks, as outlined by the Scouts Genealogy Merit Badge manual and taught by a certified Merit Badge Counselor.
Each scout attending regularly and participating fully can be assured of achieving this unique and challenging merit badge and the family adult partner will be completing a beginners Genealogy 101 class that instills professional standards and a grounding in the highest standards for genealogists. If you are interested, please register using the Registration Form that you can download. 
For more information, contact Joanne Close at or write to Pastfinders at 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont. Classes are held in the 2nd floor Genealogy Room at Cooper Memorial Library and will begin with orientation for all pre-registered scouts and their partners on Wednesday, 19 February at 5 pm . 
Studies show that children with a strong sense of family history gain a sense of belonging, of pride, of self confidence, and often do better in school.  Through their awareness of their family history they are also gaining a perspective on human relationships.  In addition to strong communication skills, through their Genealogy research, they are being introduced to skills in computer research, history, geography, logic, and sociology.  A Pastfinder representative will be visiting as many Scout Troops as possible in the Clermont/Minneola/Groveland/Mont Verde areas during January and early February. Willing and interested troop committee members or Merit Badge coordinators may arrange for such a visit by contacting Mrs Close at  Our workshop is not age appropriate for most Cub Scouts, but is open to all registered Scouts who have family and troop approval to participate. Classes are limited to the first 12 scouts registered.