Pastfinders of South Lake County
Genealogical Society

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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!

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Pastfinders October 13, 2016 Meeting is now history

Mary L. Pan, a Clermont resident, was the speaker at our October meeting. Her topic was her book Lily's Garden, a life journal of her mother who was born in Taiwan in 1915 and adopted by a wealthy family. When the family lost their fortune her life changed considerable. Ms Pan presented some Tiawan history and then present the story of her mother and really her family. Ms Pan honored her mother with great feeling and compassion. It is delightful presentation that was enjoyed by all.

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Pastfinders Computer Users Group on October 19 is now history

The subject for the October CUG was a how to demonstration of the BOOK creating feature in Family Tree Maker. Books are created from the Publish tab (from the Plan People Places Media Sources Publish WebSearch VIEW). You create your book using the different reports that are available, we used the following reports: From Charts, Pedigree Chart; From Genealogy Reports, Descendant Report; From Relationship Reports, Family Group Sheet (we could also have used Outline Descendant Report, but did not); From Media Reports, Photo Album; From Other, Smart Story (Text editor to add your own text). In addition, there are several reports that do not show up until you open a book: From Other, Table of Contents, Index, and place holder become available. Several problems occurred while using the Book feature. You can add any number of reports after you create a book, but once you leave that book and then return using the Saved Book tab, you can not add any more reports without crashing FTM. This happened to me at least 10 times without fail. This requires that you carefully plan the book and then add all of the reports at one time. The other issue I had was an out of memory error, I opened up Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Delete will bring up a page that allows you to start Task Manager) and looked at the programs/apps that were using up a lot of memory. To clear out these programs it is best to save everything and restart the computer. I was attempting to recreate a Wells Family History book that was written back in 1984 by a relative. All-in-All I think that Books was able to do a pretty good job, but it is not quite a flexible as I would like. 12 people attended this meeting which is the highest number since I started doing CUG.

Pastfinders Scanning Meeting rescheduled to October 29
including the One-on-One Tutorials

Bring your photos, albums, documents to our Scanning meeting on an October Saturday Morning and we will scan your items and transfer them to a thumb drive that you bring with you. We have several scanners that will scan any flat item (so you do not need to remove items from an album or scrapbook). Many of us have old albums that now have permanent photos that can not be removed without being damaged. Well we can scan them. We will start at 9:30 AM on Saturday and finish at 12:30 PM, October 29 at the Cooper Memorial Library in the Genealogy Room on the 2nd floor. We may have to limit the number of items that we can scan for you depending on the size of the crowd.

We are also doing an introductory to computer genealogy research the same day and at the same times. Those interested should determine in advance what ancestor they would like to research and to write down all the information they have on that person and their parents (full name, date born, where born, date died, etc). They will be helped to enter that information on an ancestral chart and then meet with a volunteer who will help them explore researching on the internet using, or any other sites that may be useful. We will be in the computer lab on the 2nd floor right next to the genealogy room.

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Pastfinders November 10, 2016 Meeting

We are pleased to present a new series called Members' Night: Sharing our Journey, where a member who has been researching their family for many years shares the journey they have taken. This month Joanne Close will share her journey in a presentation Family as Tapestry – Weaving our story for my Grandchildren. If you have just started this journey or have been traveling this journey for many years, it is always interesting to hear how others have reached roadblocks and then worked around and through them, what resources were used to eventually blaze a new trail, what new stories and new family has been found during this journey, and how they will present this family history to others in the family. Guests are welcome to join us for her presentation at 5 p.m.
Our general meeting is on Thursday, November 10, 2016. We meet in Community Room 108 in Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Dr., Clermont from 5-7 p.m.

Saturday, November 12 Yardsale to benefit Pastfinders

Pastfinders will have a yardsale on Saturday, November 12 as a part of Montverde Days. The yardsale will begin at 8:00 AM on Saturday morning. Proceeds from the sale will be used to support Pastfinder's programs, purchase Genealogy books for the library, and other Pastfinder activities.

The Montverde Day Festival is fast approaching and will take place on Friday November 11th and Saturday 12th this year.  As usual this will be a fun day for all the family with the Carnival, Live music fearuring Rob Nichols, Hayfire, Anita Drink, Handpicked and many more plus a classic car show and fantastic entertainment and activities throughout the day.

Members of Pastfinders should start now to collect items for this fund raising activity. Pastfinders is a 501(c) non-profit.

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Computers Users Group Meeting on November 16

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 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. In October, we looked at the Book option, This month we will examine the other option to Create a Professionally Printed Book Online, which uses Mycanvas. Mycanvas is an online publishing tool that will allow you to create a Family History Book or Family Tree Poster using the data in your Family Tree Maker file (NOTE: your data will have to be in in order to use this online resource). You can auto-generate a book with a family tree, record pages, family group sheets, and timelines using professionally designed templates that you can customize with photos, text and more. Print pages on your home printer for FREE or let them print it professionally. We will again go step-by-step in building a book and in the process will look in detail at each of the reports that we will be using to build the book. We will attempt to create a book similar to the Geller-Wells book that kicked off my Genealogy search for family.
If you are having issues/problems with Windows 10, your Genealogy Program, internet connectivity, please bring these issues to the meeting. We may not be able to answer it immediately, but we will find an answer.

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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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Special Notices

Thanks to member Anjanette Mercer, Pastfinders now has a presence on Facebook.

There is the Facebook Public button that is open to all and can be used to publicize our events.

There is the Facebook Member button that is open to Pastfinder members only.

And a most special notice: Many thanks to Robert Dill for the 13 years that he served as the webmaster for Pastfinders. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You !

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 20 October 2016