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Free Assistance
Tuesday, May 28
Free Assistance  (Help Sessions)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library Genealogy Room

Hit a brick wall in your family genealogy research? Can’t find connections from one generation to the next? Bring your questions and research to the Pastfinders Volunteers. Let them show you how to smash brick walls, open locked doors, or deal with other obstacles in your research path. We will provide you with knowledgeable suggestions and direction to successful personal genealogical discoveries.

 



Chat Session 1
Monday, June 3
Chat Session 1  (Summer Genealogy Chat)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Genealogy Room
The Summer Genealogy Chat is an opportunity to get together with other Pastfinders to chat about whatever becomes the topic of the day.  It may be your latest discovery or your most challenging brick wall in your family research. Or it may just be cementing new friendships.  Everyone joins in to answer questions, solve problems and enjoy the company.  This Summer Genealogy Chat series is a MEMBERS ONLY event.
 
This is an extension of the help sessions, Genealogy help will be available, but this is also a social event for members to gather during the summer and just talk genealogy and stay in touch.


Session 2
Tuesday, June 11
Session 2  (Summer Genealogy Chat)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Genealogy Room
The Summer Genealogy Chat is an opportunity to get together with other Pastfinders to chat about whatever becomes the topic of the day.  It may be your latest discovery or your most challenging brick wall in your family research. Or it may just be cementing new friendships.  Everyone joins in to answer questions, solve problems and enjoy the company.  This Summer Genealogy Chat series is a MEMBERS ONLY event.
 
This is an extension of the help sessions, Genealogy help will be available, but this is also a social event for members to gather during the summer and just talk genealogy and stay in touch.


Session 3
Wednesday, June 19
Session 3  (Summer Genealogy Chat)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Genealogy Room
The Summer Genealogy Chat is an opportunity to get together with other Pastfinders to chat about whatever becomes the topic of the day.  It may be your latest discovery or your most challenging brick wall in your family research. Or it may just be cementing new friendships.  Everyone joins in to answer questions, solve problems and enjoy the company.  This Summer Genealogy Chat series is a MEMBERS ONLY event.
 
This is an extension of the help sessions, Genealogy help will be available, but this is also a social event for members to gather during the summer and just talk genealogy and stay in touch.


Session 4
Thursday, June 27
Session 4  (Summer Genealogy Chat)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Genealogy Room
The Summer Genealogy Chat is an opportunity to get together with other Pastfinders to chat about whatever becomes the topic of the day.  It may be your latest discovery or your most challenging brick wall in your family research. Or it may just be cementing new friendships.  Everyone joins in to answer questions, solve problems and enjoy the company.  This Summer Genealogy Chat series is a MEMBERS ONLY event.
 
This is an extension of the help sessions, Genealogy help will be available, but this is also a social event for members to gather during the summer and just talk genealogy and stay in touch.



Monday, July 1
Summer Genealogy Chat  (Summer Genealogy Chat)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Genealogy Room
The Summer Genealogy Chat is an opportunity to get together with other Pastfinders to chat about whatever becomes the topic of the day.  It may be your latest discovery or your most challenging brick wall in your family research. Or it may just be cementing new friendships.  Everyone joins in to answer questions, solve problems and enjoy the company.  This Summer Genealogy Chat series is a MEMBERS ONLY event.
 
This is an extension of the help sessions, Genealogy help will be available, but this is also a social event for members to gather during the summer and just talk genealogy and stay in touch.


Tuesday, July 9
Summer Genealogy Chat  (Summer Genealogy Chat)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Genealogy Room
The Summer Genealogy Chat is an opportunity to get together with other Pastfinders to chat about whatever becomes the topic of the day.  It may be your latest discovery or your most challenging brick wall in your family research. Or it may just be cementing new friendships.  Everyone joins in to answer questions, solve problems and enjoy the company.  This Summer Genealogy Chat series is a MEMBERS ONLY event.
 
This is an extension of the help sessions, Genealogy help will be available, but this is also a social event for members to gather during the summer and just talk genealogy and stay in touch.


Wednesday, July 17
Summer Genealogy Chat  (Summer Genealogy Chat)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Genealogy Room
The Summer Genealogy Chat is an opportunity to get together with other Pastfinders to chat about whatever becomes the topic of the day.  It may be your latest discovery or your most challenging brick wall in your family research. Or it may just be cementing new friendships.  Everyone joins in to answer questions, solve problems and enjoy the company.  This Summer Genealogy Chat series is a MEMBERS ONLY event.
 
This is an extension of the help sessions, Genealogy help will be available, but this is also a social event for members to gather during the summer and just talk genealogy and stay in touch.


Thursday, July 25
Summer Genealogy Chat  (Summer Genealogy Chat)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Genealogy Room
The Summer Genealogy Chat is an opportunity to get together with other Pastfinders to chat about whatever becomes the topic of the day.  It may be your latest discovery or your most challenging brick wall in your family research. Or it may just be cementing new friendships.  Everyone joins in to answer questions, solve problems and enjoy the company.  This Summer Genealogy Chat series is a MEMBERS ONLY event.
 
This is an extension of the help sessions, Genealogy help will be available, but this is also a social event for members to gather during the summer and just talk genealogy and stay in touch.



Monday, August 5
Summer Genealogy Chat  (Summer Genealogy Chat)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Genealogy Room
The Summer Genealogy Chat is an opportunity to get together with other Pastfinders to chat about whatever becomes the topic of the day.  It may be your latest discovery or your most challenging brick wall in your family research. Or it may just be cementing new friendships.  Everyone joins in to answer questions, solve problems and enjoy the company.  This Summer Genealogy Chat series is a MEMBERS ONLY event.
 
This is an extension of the help sessions, Genealogy help will be available, but this is also a social event for members to gather during the summer and just talk genealogy and stay in touch.


Tuesday, August 13
Summer Genealogy Chat  (Summer Genealogy Chat)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Genealogy Room
The Summer Genealogy Chat is an opportunity to get together with other Pastfinders to chat about whatever becomes the topic of the day.  It may be your latest discovery or your most challenging brick wall in your family research. Or it may just be cementing new friendships.  Everyone joins in to answer questions, solve problems and enjoy the company.  This Summer Genealogy Chat series is a MEMBERS ONLY event.
 
This is an extension of the help sessions, Genealogy help will be available, but this is also a social event for members to gather during the summer and just talk genealogy and stay in touch.


Wednesday, August 21
Summer Genealogy Chat  (Summer Genealogy Chat)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Genealogy Room
The Summer Genealogy Chat is an opportunity to get together with other Pastfinders to chat about whatever becomes the topic of the day.  It may be your latest discovery or your most challenging brick wall in your family research. Or it may just be cementing new friendships.  Everyone joins in to answer questions, solve problems and enjoy the company.  This Summer Genealogy Chat series is a MEMBERS ONLY event.
 
This is an extension of the help sessions, Genealogy help will be available, but this is also a social event for members to gather during the summer and just talk genealogy and stay in touch.


Thursday, August 29
Summer Genealogy Chat  (Summer Genealogy Chat)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Genealogy Room
The Summer Genealogy Chat is an opportunity to get together with other Pastfinders to chat about whatever becomes the topic of the day.  It may be your latest discovery or your most challenging brick wall in your family research. Or it may just be cementing new friendships.  Everyone joins in to answer questions, solve problems and enjoy the company.  This Summer Genealogy Chat series is a MEMBERS ONLY event.
 
This is an extension of the help sessions, Genealogy help will be available, but this is also a social event for members to gather during the summer and just talk genealogy and stay in touch.



Free Assistance
Tuesday, September 3
Free Assistance  (Help Sessions)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library Genealogy Room

Hit a brick wall in your family genealogy research? Can’t find connections from one generation to the next? Bring your questions and research to the Pastfinders Volunteers. Let them show you how to smash brick walls, open locked doors, or deal with other obstacles in your research path. We will provide you with knowledgeable suggestions and direction to successful personal genealogical discoveries.

 


Genealogy Beginners Class 1 of 2
Wednesday, September 4
Genealogy Beginners Class 1 of 2  (Beginners Class)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library Genealogy Room

Love to have a project to start this fall? Learn how to trace your family; ancestors are quite interesting.  You can get to know them and how they lived by tracing your roots.  Know where your family came from and how they got here from there.  Please attend both classes.  They start promptly at 10 AM.



Tuesday, September 10
Free Assistance  (Help Sessions)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library Genealogy Room

Hit a brick wall in your family genealogy research? Can’t find connections from one generation to the next? Bring your questions and research to the Pastfinders Volunteers. Let them show you how to smash brick walls, open locked doors, or deal with other obstacles in your research path. We will provide you with knowledgeable suggestions and direction to successful personal genealogical discoveries.

 


Guest Speaker: Drew Smith
Thursday, September 12
Guest Speaker: Drew Smith  (Member Meeting)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Room 108, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont, FL
Drew Smith will be talking about a subject that all genealogist know about, but probably don't know how to search effectively: 
 
Using FamilySearch.org to Find Genealogical Records
 
Over the past few years, FamilySearch.org has become one of the largest online repositories of genealogical records.  Learn how to search and browse, how to save and share results, and how to get help with the available resources. 
 
Drew Smith has been a librarian in the Academic Services department at the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa Library since 2007.  Between 1994 and 2007, he was an instructor for the USF School of Library and Information Science (now the School of Information), where he taught undergraduate-level courses in library/Internet research skills and website design, and graduate-level courses in genealogical librarianship and indexing/abstracting.  Prior to 1994, Drew worked for academic computing departments at USF and at Clemson University in South Carolina. 


Tuesday, September 17
Free Assistance  (Help Sessions)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library Genealogy Room

Hit a brick wall in your family genealogy research? Can’t find connections from one generation to the next? Bring your questions and research to the Pastfinders Volunteers. Let them show you how to smash brick walls, open locked doors, or deal with other obstacles in your research path. We will provide you with knowledgeable suggestions and direction to successful personal genealogical discoveries.

 


Genealogy Beginners Class 2 of 2
Wednesday, September 18
Genealogy Beginners Class 2 of 2  (Beginners Class)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library Genealogy Room

Love to have a project to start this fall? Learn how to trace your family; ancestors are quite interesting.  You can get to know them and how they lived by tracing your roots.  Know where your family came from and how they got here from there.  Please attend both classes.  They start promptly at 10 AM.



Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group
Wednesday, September 18
Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group  (Computer Users Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Room 221
Your Host, Stan Wells will be demonstrating how to use Family Tree Maker (FTM).  This is a series in which we systematically peruse the Family Tree Maker Companion Guide to get the most from FTM.
 
This month of September we will present Chapters 1 -4:
   Chapter 1 - Installing Family Tree Maker
   Chapter 2 - Family Tree Maker Basics (the workspaces)
   Chapter 3 - Creating a tree
   Chapter 4 - Entering family information
 
We will continue through Family Tree Maker in October, November, and December.  By the end of the year, you will all be experts.


Tuesday, September 24
Free Assistance  (Help Sessions)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library Genealogy Room

Hit a brick wall in your family genealogy research? Can’t find connections from one generation to the next? Bring your questions and research to the Pastfinders Volunteers. Let them show you how to smash brick walls, open locked doors, or deal with other obstacles in your research path. We will provide you with knowledgeable suggestions and direction to successful personal genealogical discoveries.

 



Tuesday, October 1
Free Assistance  (Help Sessions)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library Genealogy Room

Hit a brick wall in your family genealogy research? Can’t find connections from one generation to the next? Bring your questions and research to the Pastfinders Volunteers. Let them show you how to smash brick walls, open locked doors, or deal with other obstacles in your research path. We will provide you with knowledgeable suggestions and direction to successful personal genealogical discoveries.

 


Genealogy Beginners Class 1 of 2
Wednesday, October 2
Genealogy Beginners Class 1 of 2  (Beginners Class)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library Genealogy Room

Love to have a project to start this fall? Learn how to trace your family; ancestors are quite interesting.  You can get to know them and how they lived by tracing your roots.  Know where your family came from and how they got here from there.  Please attend both classes.  They start promptly at 10 AM.



Tuesday, October 8
Free Assistance  (Help Sessions)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library Genealogy Room

Hit a brick wall in your family genealogy research? Can’t find connections from one generation to the next? Bring your questions and research to the Pastfinders Volunteers. Let them show you how to smash brick walls, open locked doors, or deal with other obstacles in your research path. We will provide you with knowledgeable suggestions and direction to successful personal genealogical discoveries.

 


Guest Speaker: Annette Burke Lyttle
Thursday, October 10
Guest Speaker: Annette Burke Lyttle  (Member Meeting)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Room 108, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont, FL
Our subject this month is: Quakers, Slavery, and the Underground Railroad
 
 Quakers’ relationship with slavery evolved. Early Quakers kept slaves, but later Quakers felt slavery was incompatible with their beliefs, actively working to overthrow slavery. Learn about this fascinating chapter in our ancestors’ lives.

Annette Burke Lyttle has been a full-time genealogist and family historian since 2012. She has spoken on a variety of genealogical topics at the national, state, and local level. She has a master’s degree in English from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University. She has taught research, analysis, and writing to college students at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany; the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 


Tuesday, October 15
Free Assistance  (Help Sessions)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library Genealogy Room

Hit a brick wall in your family genealogy research? Can’t find connections from one generation to the next? Bring your questions and research to the Pastfinders Volunteers. Let them show you how to smash brick walls, open locked doors, or deal with other obstacles in your research path. We will provide you with knowledgeable suggestions and direction to successful personal genealogical discoveries.

 


Genealogy Beginners Class 2 of 2
Wednesday, October 16
Genealogy Beginners Class 2 of 2  (Beginners Class)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library Genealogy Room

Love to have a project to start this fall? Learn how to trace your family; ancestors are quite interesting.  You can get to know them and how they lived by tracing your roots.  Know where your family came from and how they got here from there.  Please attend both classes.  They start promptly at 10 AM.



Wednesday, October 16
Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group  (Computer Users Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Room 221
Your Host, Stan Wells will be demonstrating how to use Family Tree Maker (FTM).  This is a series in which we systematically peruse the Family Tree Maker Companion Guide to get the most from FTM.
 
This month of October we will present Chapters 5 - 7:
   Chapter 5 - Documenting your research
   Chapter 6 - Including media (photos and documents)
   Chapter 7 - Using maps
 


Saturday, October 19
One-on-One Help and Scanning  (Special Events)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Genealogy Room
For the One-on-One help sessions, Pastfinders will provide an experienced genealogist for a 1 hour session to help you get started if you are new or help you solve a road block years in the making.
 
For the scanning sessions, Pastfinders will provide scanning and computer equipment and an experienced operator for a 1 hour session to scan some of your precious photos and/or documents.


Tuesday, October 22
Free Assistance  (Help Sessions)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library Genealogy Room

Hit a brick wall in your family genealogy research? Can’t find connections from one generation to the next? Bring your questions and research to the Pastfinders Volunteers. Let them show you how to smash brick walls, open locked doors, or deal with other obstacles in your research path. We will provide you with knowledgeable suggestions and direction to successful personal genealogical discoveries.

 


Tuesday, October 29
Free Assistance  (Help Sessions)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library Genealogy Room

Up against a brick wall? Can’t find that missing Great Great Grandmother or unable to prove that Uncle Ben was your Great Grandfather's brother?  Come bring your research. Pastfinders Volunteers have a few tricks up their sleeves, using our research sledge hammers. We will help you chip away at those brick walls. 




Tuesday, November 5
Free Assistance  (Help Sessions)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library Genealogy Room

Up against a brick wall? Can’t find that missing Great Great Grandmother or unable to prove that Uncle Ben was your Great Grandfather's brother?  Come bring your research. Pastfinders Volunteers have a few tricks up their sleeves, using our research sledge hammers. We will help you chip away at those brick walls. 



Genealogy Beginners Class 1 of 2
Wednesday, November 6
Genealogy Beginners Class 1 of 2  (Beginners Class)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library Genealogy Room

Love to have a project to start this year? Learn how to trace your family; ancestors are quite interesting.  You can get to know them and how they lived by tracing your roots.  Know where your family came from and how they got here from there.  Please attend both classes.  They start promptly at 10 AM.



Tuesday, November 12
Free Assistance  (Help Sessions)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library Genealogy Room

Up against a brick wall? Can’t find that missing Great Great Grandmother or unable to prove that Uncle Ben was your Great Grandfather's brother?  Come bring your research. Pastfinders Volunteers have a few tricks up their sleeves, using our research sledge hammers. We will help you chip away at those brick walls. 



Guest Speaker: Allan Lane
Thursday, November 14
Guest Speaker: Allan Lane  (Member Meeting)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Room 108, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont, FL
Our subject this month is:  The War of the Regulation
 
 The War of the Regulation was an uprising in the British North America's Carolina colonies, lasting from about 1765 to 1771, in which citizens took up arms against colonial officials, who they viewed as corrupt.

 
Allan Lane of Winter Garden, FL where he resides with his wife of 47 years, near their two sons and three grandchildren. Allan was born and raised in North Carolina, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina in 1969. He received an MA from Central Michigan University in 1972. After service as a commissioned officer in the USAF, he entered on duty as a Special Agent with the FBI, retiring from that career in 2000. He is now (mostly) retired. His Current hobbies are history, genealogy, hunting, and collecting historical firearms. Allan and his wife travel as much as possible. One of their sons is a Lieutenant with an area Police Department, and represents the fourth consecutive generation of law enforcement officers in his family. Their other son is an IT specialist with a local children's hospital. Allan's wife was a career teacher and administrator and is currently active with the DAR. Allan is also a member of Pastfinders.


Tuesday, November 19
Free Assistance  (Help Sessions)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library Genealogy Room

Up against a brick wall? Can’t find that missing Great Great Grandmother or unable to prove that Uncle Ben was your Great Grandfather's brother?  Come bring your research. Pastfinders Volunteers have a few tricks up their sleeves, using our research sledge hammers. We will help you chip away at those brick walls. 



Genealogy Beginners Class 2 of 2
Wednesday, November 20
Genealogy Beginners Class 2 of 2  (Beginners Class)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library Genealogy Room

Love to have a project to start this year? Learn how to trace your family; ancestors are quite interesting.  You can get to know them and how they lived by tracing your roots.  Know where your family came from and how they got here from there.  Please attend both classes.  They start promptly at 10 AM.



Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group
Wednesday, November 20
Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group  (Computer Users Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Room 221
Your Host, Stan Wells will be demonstrating how to use Family Tree Maker (FTM).  This is a series in which we systematically peruse the Family Tree Maker Companion Guide to get the most from FTM.
 
This month of November we will present Chapters 8 - 10:
   Chapter 8 - Researching your tree online
   Chapter 9 - Creating Family Tree Charts
   Chapter 10 - Running Reports