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Tuesday, October 22
Free Assistance  (Help Sessions)
10:00 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.

 


Wednesday, October 23
National Archives hosts a virtual Genealogy Fair  (Special Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
You will view YouTube videos in the comfort of your home

Every year, the National Archives hosts a virtual Genealogy Fair via live webcast on YouTube. The sessions offer family history research tools on Federal records for all skill levels. Thousands of family historians participate in the live event.

For more information, here is the link to the National Archives site:

https://www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair

 



One-on-One Help and Scanning
Saturday, October 26
One-on-One Help and Scanning  (Special Events)
10:00 am to 1:00 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.
 
Reservations will be required and they will be made available online at our website starting in September. 


Tuesday, October 29
Free Assistance  (Help Sessions)
10:00 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)
10:00 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. 



Saturday, November 9
Evernotes Class  (Special Events)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Learn how to create your own Evernote research collection in this hands-on seminar with Librarian and Archivist, Kevin Arms. You’ll learn how to use the Evernote web clipper to collect information from websites, how to drag and drop information into new notes or existing ones, send content from anywhere using your Evernote email address, and how to search, tag, and sort your information to find tidbits on the fly.
 
Attendees are encouraged to create their Evernote account in advance on the Evernote website (evernote.com/Registration.action), but help will be available in person during the seminar. 


Tuesday, November 12
Free Assistance  (Help Sessions)
10:00 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)
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Room 108, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont, FL
Program starts at 6:00 PM
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)
10:00 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. 



Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group
Wednesday, November 20
Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group  (Family Tree Maker SIG)
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
 


Tuesday, November 26
Free Assistance  (Help Sessions)
10:00 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, December 3
Free Assistance  (Help Sessions)
10:00 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, December 10
Free Assistance  (Help Sessions)
10:00 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, December 10
2019 Holiday Get-together  (Member Meeting)
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Wesley Center, First United Methodist Church, 950 7th Street, Clermont
The Pastfinders Holiday Dinner Party will be on Tuesday, December 10th at the Wesley Center in the First United Methodist Church here in Clermont.   
Dinner will be served buffet style with gluten-free options.  The entrees will be Salmon, Roast Beef & Gravy, and Roasted Chicken. For the full details see the Download. 
Cost is $ 22.00 per person, no reservations will be accepted after December 4th, reservations and payment can be made on line at our website. Just go to the Event Signup Reservation Menu Link.
You can participate in the optional Gift Exchange by bringing a $10.00 limit gift suitable for a man or a woman (wine is a favorite).


Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group
Saturday, December 14
Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group  (Family Tree Maker SIG)
10:00 pm to 12:00 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 December we will present Chapters 11 - 14:
   Chapter 11 - Creating a Family History Book
   Chapter 12 - Working with trees
   Chapter 13 - Tools and preferences
   Chapter 14 - Family Tree Problem Solver



Guest Speaker: Jim Lannin
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Guest Speaker: Jim Lannin  (Member Meeting)
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Room 108
JIm Lannin will be speaking to Pastfinders on the subject  - Genetic Genealogy 101.  Jim is Past President of The Villages Genealogical Society and is the Coordinator of The Villages Genealogical Society Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group.
 
Mr. Lannin's presentation will start at 6:00 PM. 



Thursday, February 13, 2020
Due to the Conference, there will NOT BE a regular February Meeting  (Member Meeting)
The Pastfinders Genealogy Mid-Winter Conference will be held on February 15th; this will be in place of the regular second Thursday meeting.  Please make sure you mark your calendar.  We would hate you to come up to the library for no reason.  Instead, register for the conference. It is going to be very educational.  Thank you.



Thursday, March 12, 2020
Speakers are Terry and Jim Willard  (Member Meeting)
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Room 108
Presentation starts at 6:00 PM 
Terry and Jim Willard will be presenting on the subject, TBD,
 
From 1995-2000, they served as co-hosts for the popular PBS Television series Ancestors, traveling around the country conducting workshops and promoting the series from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco, CA, and from Dallas, TX, to Portland, ME. They co-authored (along with Jane Wilson) the book ANCESTORS: A Beginner’s Guide to Family History and Genealogy that accompanied the series. They also wrote the teacher’s guide that helped teachers and students benefit from viewing the series. Since then they have conducted workshops throughout Florida, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, and each of the New England states. They especially enjoy getting feedback from their beginners’ workshops as they are freelance writers who specialize in genealogy. They have published over 40 articles in Ancestry Magazine and they write a monthly column for The Villages Daily Sun. They have spoken at genealogy conferences throughout the United States and take a group of adult students to Salt Lake City for a research trip annually 


Saturday, March 28, 2020
DNA Workshop  (Special Events)
Cooper Memorial Library, Genealogy Room
Save this date for a DNA Workshop with details to be announced at a later date.



Scouting Merit Badge Presentation
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Scouting Merit Badge Presentation  (Member Meeting)
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Room 108
Every year Pastfinders recruits Scouts from local troops to work on their Genealogy Merit Badge.  It's a six week course in which participants come and work at the library with their parent or guardian in search of their ancestors.  They learn how to do genealogy research just like an adult and are taught how to proof their work.  The Scouts will meet for six weeks on Wednesday evenings and then complete the final Merit Badge Requirement of presenting what they learned about their family history to the members of Pastfinders and their family.    Their search will parallel the search that each Pastfinder goes through; it is interesting to view that search through the eyes of teenagers.  We look forward to seeing you at the meeting and hope you will make the Scouts and their families welcome.