Pastfinders of South Lake County
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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.

Special Notices

Pastfinders is currently mentoring a group of Boy Scouts in order for them to earn their Genealogy Merit Badge.


Pastfinders Officers for 2017/2018 Installed

Joanne Close was installed as the President of Pastfinders for 2017/2018

The Office of Vice-President for 2017/2018 is currently vacant (Sandi O'brien is acting VP)

Rose D'Angelo was re-installed as the Secretary of Pastfinders for 2017/2018

Marlyse Lee was re-installed as the Treasurer of Pastfinders for 2017/2018

Esther Long, Sandi O'Brien and Dotty Dill were installed as the Directors of Pastfinders for 2017/2018

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Pastfinders March 9, 2017 Meeting is now history

We had 60 high energy people in attendance to hear Pete Stauder's presentation on Researching Irish Ancestors. Pete was able to engage the audience, many of whom had Irish ancestors and had many questions for Pete. The great part was that Pete had answers for most of the questions showing that he had a detailed working knowledge of his subject.
Many Many thanks to Esther who brought a buffet table full of goodies. Also on the buffet table was fresh Irish soda bread baked by the speaker was delish!! Pete's handouts were a huge success.
The greeters and sign in table folks ( Anjie, Kaycee and Marlyse) did a yeoman's job with our many guests and keeping everything moving smoothly. If you missed the gathering last night, you missed a really fun evening. See you in April

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Pastfinders Computer Users Group on March 15 is now history

John was our only attendee and we quit early.

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Pastfinders April 13, 2017 Meeting

Our next general meeting is on Thursday, April 13, 2017. We meet in Community Room 108 in Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Dr., Clermont from 5-7 p.m.

Stan Wells will be sharing his Genealogy Journey to the Pastfinders of South Lake County. The Title of his presentation is Disappointment (Frustration doesn't start with a D), Discovery, Delight of which there has been plenty of each over the past 40 years of searching for his family history.

Stan is a hoosier, born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Yes, that Fort Wayne. Home of the Allen County Public Library: This library’s claim to fame is the Periodical Source Index, which catalogs thousands of genealogical and historical periodicals published since 1800. He started his journey in about 1977 with a modest interest in filling out an ancestor chart going back 4 or 5 generations and filling out family sheets for the Hieber family with his numerous cousins that were hard to keep track of. His interest level increased significantly when he found a copy of the Geller-Wells & related families book that a relative had given to his parents. That was published in 1984. Then in 1987, while living in Israel, he purchased a Genealogy program for his Toshiba Laptop (with 2 floppy disk drives) and he has not stopped searching since then.

Stan is a retired Mechanical Engineer who worked for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft from 1969 to 2006, first in West Palm Beach, Florida, then Connecticut for 3 years and Oklahoma for 6 years. Somewhere in the middle of that time he worked in Israel for 3 years. His other interests are volunteering at Clermont Elementary School (CES) in the area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). He started 2 FIRST Lego League robotics teams at CES, judges at local and Florida State Science Fairs, likes to Kayak the local rivers and lakes, and loves to spend time with his 4 grandchildren. Unfortunately, they live in Indiana and Ohio.

CUG Meeting on Wednesday April 19, 2017

The Computer Users' Group meets at 1 PM on the third Wednesday of the month in Room 221 at the Cooper Memorial Library. Our goal for 2017 is to provide information for beginners in using the computer and the internet to gather and organize their family history. I strongly encourage beginners to come to the meeting with their most pressing concerns regarding the use of computers. All computer assistance and training is with the Windows operating system and by now, you should be using windows 10. Does window 10 make it easier or harder for you to use you computer applications and programs? We can help. Most of our group use Family Tree Maker and, are you getting the maximum benefits from this software, if not, we can help. If you haven't even started using a Genealogy program, we can help you find the right one.

We will not have a prepared agenda for the rest of this year. I want to be able to help beginners and that is my primary agenda. If no beginners show up, I will use some of the presentations that Dick Eastman shared last month in a Saturday with Dick Eastman. He shared 4 subjects with us:

Using Worldcat to find Genealogy Books.

Going nearly paperless - How to get started.

Cloudy, with a chance of Genealogy (Genealogy in the Cloud).

Use Evernote for Genealogy and nearly everything else.

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Pastfinders Holiday Dinner on December 14, 2017

Pastfinders traditionally has a Dinner Meeting at the regular meeting time for the month of December. It has been held at the Sanctuary Ridge Golf Club Restaurant for the past few years. If you have never been to Sanctuary Ridge, it has spectacular views to the east where you can see Lake Apopka and the skyline of downtown Orlando.

The annual Pastfinders Holiday Dinner will be held on December 14, 2017 at TBD Restaurant.

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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.

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Last updated 23 March 2017