The Internet Archive (The Wayback Machine) volunteered in 2001 to archive what's on the web. Perhaps they didn't realize how the web was going to grow. They now have archived 472 Billion pages and it has has archived the Pastfinders' web page 56 times since 2001, about a year after I started it. For a ride back in history, click here; https://web.archive.org/web/20010723141050/http://www.rootsweb.com/~flpslc/ and then use the arrows or boxes in the top right of each page to navigate forward or back. Links are live so click on whatever you want. Many images are not shown, so right click on a blank image to see if one is available. You can also click here to see our past regular meetings up to 2012.
Pastfinders provides free help sessions to aid you in your search. Sessions are held in the Genealogy Room at the Library. No appointment necessary.
Who are the Pastfinders of South Lake County?
We are a group of Clermont people who are interested in our ancestors. Some of us have been doing our family search for more than 30 years while others are beginners. The 30 year people are delighted to help the beginners. In fact, we will help anyone who wants to discover their family history. Imagine the thrill of finding a document about your great grandfather or that (gulp) he was married more than once. Our project for the summer has been to help some residents of Benton House Assisted Living discover their genealogy. From September to May we offer free help sessions to the general public. We have people in who are looking for their families in Germany, Ireland, Poland, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, as well as the United States. Our schedule is always listed in the local papers and posted at Cooper Memorial Library. During the summer you can call for an appointment. Our general meetings also run from September to May on the 2nd Thursday of the month at Cooper Memorial Library. Our business meetings are short and we have some exciting speakers scheduled for September, October and November. If you think your organization would be interested in having a genealogical presentation, we can do that. Let us hear from you. For more information call Esther at 352-989-4469 or Dotty at 352-242-9805.
Pastfinders is now on Facebook. Thanks to member Anjanette Mercer, Pastfinders now has a presence on Facebook. One account that is open to all can be used to publicize our events. It can be seen here https://www.facebook.com/pastfindersofSL A members only group page is available here: https://facebook.com/groups/pastfinderssouthlake
Deaths in Clermont Area
Books by Pastfinder Authors Updated October 26, 2004
President, Esther Long; Vice president, Sandi O'Brien; Secretary, Rose D'Angelo; Treasurer, Marlyse Lee;
Corresponding Secretary, Jody Close
by Pastfinder Members
A journal of the life of Kneeland Munson, 1809 to 1897 written by his daughter, Delia and transcribed and indexed by Pastfinder member Sandra Oliver can be read here.
||Computer Users' Group|
Regular Meetings are
held on the second Thursday of the month except for the months of
June, July and August. We meet in the main conference room, Room 108
at the Cooper Memorial Library except in December when we meet at a
restaurant. Subjects generally deal with history, genealogy, members
experiences or other appropriate subject.
Last Regular Meeting
We were entertained by a group of Scottish Highland Dancers directed by Dr. Kathryn Austen of the Centre for Dance & the Performing Arts Studio in Oakland, fl. We saw solo dancers, pair and group dancing, all very well coordinated. Dress was the typical Scottish Plaid and very pretty. It was a very entertaining hour and well rceived by Pastfinders’ members and guests.
We then heard from Boy Scouts from troops, 20, 551, 784 ans 268 who have spent the last 6 weeks working to earn a genealogy badge. Presentations varied in content and manner of presentation. Some read about the family tree they had created, some had poster boards with the contents of what they had learned and there were on-screen computer presentations. Beside family tree presentations, there were details of records and what the records mean and how to use them.
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.
Anjanette got Pastfinders on Facebook for which we are thankful and she showed us her skill as she took us on a tour through Facebook showing among many other things, looking for ancestors how she found relatives in Jamaica.
It's much too detailed to present here but her handout includes a page entitled How I Fell Into Social Media, Facebook Basics that you can get by clicking on it. It has links to 11 sites that will tell you everything you want to know. If that's not enough, go here to see Jackson State University's paper on Social Media Explained that Anjie handed out.
Bob started with a discussion of how serious Ransomware is becoming and he presented a list of places that have been attacked such as the House Information security site in Washington, DC and the Massachusetts Police Headquarters in Massachusetts. Going price now is $500 to get de-encrypted.
The handout explains what to do and how to do it.
It also covers Indexing your flash dives and SD cards and covers Cloud Printing where you can print from anything, anywhere on your home computer.
Our member, Sandra Oliver has researched those
interred in the Minneola Cemetery checking multiple records to
learn all she can about them. See the results of her work,
updated on June 8, 2015
Pastfinders and the Library have purchased
many new books and there have been donations by members, Click
here to see the list of new
These are the Pastfinder Newsletters that have been published under the editorship of Jody Close. Copies of older newsletters are available in the Special Collections Room at the Cooper Memorial Library in Clermont, FL.
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Last updated July 18, 2016