Pastfinders of South Lake County
Genealogical Society

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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 and the Genealogy Room is our base of operation with Monthly meetings, special help sessions, computer users meeting and other activities. Our goal is to help you find your roots, with weekly individual help sessions.

Pastfinders provides free help sessions to aid you in your search. Sessions are held in the Genealogy Room at the Library. No appointment necessary, see the Quick Look Calendar below for exact dates and times.

Modifications to the Pastfinders website are complete!

Special Notices

Message from Dotty Dill

December is such a special month for all of us whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Los Posadas, the Winter Solstice or even Festivus. This is a great time to talk about your heritage. Ask the old folks how they celebrated when they were children. Now is the time to think about documenting your family history and Pastfinders Genealogical Society is here to help you do that. Our help sessions are free.

Our shortened schedule for December is : Thursdays Dec. 1 and 15 from 10:30am-1:00pm; Tuesday Dec. 3 from 9:30 - 12N. Please visit us in the Genealogy Room on the 2nd floor of Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Dr., Clermont, FL. We will be back to our full schedule in January so look for our postings in the paper. Do you need more information? Call 352-242-9805 and be sure to leave a message if there is no answer.

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Pastfinders November 10, 2016 Meeting is now history

Joanne Close, a Pastfinders member, was the speaker at our November meeting. Her topic was Sharing our Genealogical Journey and was titled Family as Tapestry - Weaving a story for my Grandchildren.

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Pastfinders Computer Users Group on November 16 is now history

The original plan to demonstrate MyCanvas book making capability was postponed, and this meeting was to be used to discuss member's computing problems and issues. There were 2 people who showed up and neither one had an issue to be solved, so we talked for 2 hours about our Journey in Genealogy.

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Pastfinders January 12, 2017 Meeting

December is when we hold our meeting at a restaurant and have a nice dinner and party.
Our next general meeting is on Thursday, January 12, 2017. We meet in Community Room 108 in Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Dr., Clermont from 5-7 p.m. Details of the meeting will be presented after the December 8 Dinner Meeting

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Computers Users Group Meeting on Saturday December 10, 2016

The Computer Users' Group normally meets at 1 PM on the third Wednesday of the month in Room 221 at the Cooper Memorial Library. Our goal is to present information on using and maintaining computers, sites where genealogical information may be found and how to make the most of the marriage of computers and genealogical research.
Pastfinders Computer Users Group November 16 Meeting will take a deep dive into the reporting capabilities of Family Tree Maker.
We will demonstrate the use of the Flip-pal mobile scanner and address any computer or software problems or issues that you are having.

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Pastfinders Holiday Dinner on December 8, 2016

The annual Pastfinders Holiday Dinner will be held on December 8, 2016 at the Sanctuary Ridge Golf Club Restaurant. The dinner cost is $15.99, Entrees choices are: Chicken Picatta, Lemon Dill Broiled Mahi Mahi, or NY Strip with caramelized onions. All are served with baked potato and green beans. The price includes beverage choice of lemonade, iced tea, or coffee.

For reservations, please contact Sandi O'Brien at

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Fund Raising Programs

Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Coupon Code Exp. Date extended to Nov. 14. If you have not used a Flip-Pal you don't know what you're missing. A Flip-Pal is light weight & easy to use. It converts your papers documents, photos, & collectables into Digital Images for storage, preservation or insurance purposes. The Flip-Pal Scanner also has a StoryScan attachment. Now you can record your relatives telling stories on the same file as the picture of the event. This is a great way to Preserve Family History.

You get 15% off until November 14 and Pastfinders gets 9% if you purchase using the access link below. Its a great deal for you and a great way to help pastfinders provide more and better programs and more books for our Genealogy Library.

Flip-Pal by RootsWeb

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Last updated 27 November 2016