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Sessions are held in the Genealogy Room at the Library. No appointment necessary.

Special Notice
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 A members only group page is available here:

Deaths in Clermont Area
1999 to 2013
Note: Some deaths in 2008 and 2009 are missing but may be found in the Obituary File at Cooper Memorial Library.

Books by Pastfinder Authors Updated October 26, 2004

Books in Special Collections



President, Esther Long; Vice president, Sandi O'Brien; Secretary, Rose D'Angelo;  Treasurer, Marlyse Lee;
Corresponding Secretary, Jody Close
Meetings and Membership Articles 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.

Regular Meetings
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
Our last regular meeting was held on Thursday, January 14 at the Cooper Memorial Library. Our guest speaker was period writer Sam Metro

Steve Metro, author of “Wimd Drifters” and History Teacher at Ocoee Middle School gave us insight into how he became a writer of period fiction. He based his main character on a composit of his father, grandfather and father-in-law. Since it was a period piece, he stressed the need to do a lot of research and make it authentic to the period just after the Civil War. He displayed his collection ofarmament that would have been usd at that time..

Next Regular Meeting

Pastfinders general meeting will be Thursday, February 11th in Room 202 which is on the 2nd floor of Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Dr., Clermont, FL. Our guest speaker is Michael W. Corradino, editor of the South Lake Tablet, who is an enthusiastic speaker. He will be telling us about "My Italian Heritage" in his usual humorous style. The public is invited to join us for this presentation which begins at 5:00 pm. We will have a short business meeting following his presentation and you are welcome to remain for that if you wish. Call 352-989-4469 for more information.



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.

Last Meeting. We started with navigation to a few features of Win 10; the Action Center and moving from app to app.We then covered Windows Essentials which includes Photo Gallery and Movie Maker , One Drive, Messenger, Mail and Writer.. Select only what you want to install. We toured some family videos and saw how they can be edited and went through several other aspects of Essentials.

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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  here.

New Books

Pastfinders and the Library have purchased many new books and there have been donations by members, Click here to see the list of new books.



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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