Welcome to Pastfinders!
Welcome to the Pastfinders of South Lake County Website.
We are located in the Gem of the Hills, Clermont, Florida. 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; however, during the summer months there are a few scheduled activities and weekly Summer Genealogy Chats at the library. Please see the event calendar on the menu bar for more detail or contact Marlyse at (352) 404-8164 for more information.
Pastfinders Calendar of Events
Pastfinders normally scheduled meetings are not held in June, July and August. We do schedule informal get togethers that we call the Summer Genealogy Chat:
Everyone is invited, not just Pastfinders members.
Summer Genealogy Chat: Some talk, some help, some fun in the Genealogy Room
Tuesday, July 9, 10 to noon
Wednesday, July 17, 10 to noon
Thursday, July 25, 10 to noon
Monday, August 5, 10 to noon
A special note for your planned return in September. The second Thursday of the month Member Meeting time is changing. The new meeting time will be 6:00 to 8:00 PM (Thanks to the new Library Hours).
TO LEARN DETAILS ABOUT EACH EVENT, CLICK ON THE
Tutorial of the "Week"
Genetic Genealogy Simplified - Part 3: Intro to GedMatch
Introduction to using GEDmatch.com. A tutorial for how to use the One-to-Many list, the One-to-One Comparison, and the Admixture utilities. Not an official or paid endorsement. This is a 21 minute video, but worth the time.
Have you missed the previous Video Tutorials of the Week ? They can be found at Helpful Links.
Just select Video Tutorials from the Filter by Category Box.
Attention to all members, a request from Dotty Dill
In October of this year, Pastfinders will celebrate Family History Month AND our 30th Anniversary.
Traditionally, Pastfinders displays historical items from our members collection of family artifacts. This year, in addition, we would like to honor ancestors of Pastfinders members who have helped shape our history.
Dotty is asking you to send her the names of your ancestors who were associated with any of the following events:
- Came to America on the Mayflower.
- Patriot in the Revolutionary War
- Participant in the War of 1812
- Participant in the Civil War
- Participant in WWI
- Participant in WWII
Please send the name of your ancestor, the event, and any other details that you have to:
Pastfinders Fund Raising Activities
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