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

OPEN HOUSE this Saturday at the Cooper Memorial Library !!!!!!!!!!!!

Open House Handout

OPEN HOUSE this Saturday at the Cooper Memorial Library !!!!!!!!!!!!

Scroll down to view the details about our OPEN HOUSE, if you have ever thought about finding out where you came from, please join us on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Library.


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 February 9, 2017 Meeting is now history

Pastfinders took a journey into the lives of America's First Couple, George and Martha Washington, as presented on film by William and Sue Wills. William and Sue Wills meet in 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland performing together on stage. Some time later they were inspired to do something no one else had done and the “Presidents and Their First Ladies, dramatically speaking” program was born. William and Sue work side by side as they put together a script for each couple, make clothings and study their dialect. They have performed as 34 different US presidential couples.

I appreciate historical insights that lead me to learn more about the history that surrounds my ancestors. My 4th great grandfather, Samuel Silas Wells and his wife Martha imigrated from Wales to Maryland in 1776 and then moved to Albemarle County, Virginia in 1786. Looking at an American Revolution time line, The Continental Congress was formed in the fall of 1774, George Washington was made Commander in Chief of the Continental Army in July of 1775, and the Revolutionary War continues until 1783. The US Constitution is ratified in 1788, and George Washington is President from 1789 to 1797. Samuel Wells and his family lived only a few miles from Thomas Jefferson's estate in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Virginia. What an amazing amount of history my ancestors witnessed.

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Pastfinders Computer Users Group on January 18 is now history

We learned how to create and enhance a MyCanvas book using the data already in

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CUG Meeting on Wednesday February 15, 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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Genealogy Open House - 25 February 2017

Open House Handout

The Pastfinders Genealogical Society is hosting an Open House Saturday, 25 February 2017. Stop in between 9:00am and 1:00pm to learn what we are all about. This event gives you the opportunity to talk with our knowledgeable members and to learn how to research your family’s history. Discovering your grandparents on a census record or finding which one of your great grandfather fought in World War I after immigrating from another country. There will be free handouts and refreshments. Come learn what makes you who you are and what brought you to where you are today. Let us help you experience the thrill of discovery. Open House takes place in Cooper Memorial Library’s Community Room 108, 2525 Oakley Seaver Dr. in Clermont. Call 352-242-9805 for more information.

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Pastfinders March 9, 2017 Meeting

Our next general meeting is on Thursday, March 9, 2017. We meet in Community Room 108 in Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Dr., Clermont from 5-7 p.m.

Pastfinders member, Pete Stauder, will present Researching Your Irish Ancestors. It’s part briefing, part discussion on finding Irish ancestors with a focus on the new records available on line. Records such as the Griffiths Valuation and the church Parish records from the National Library Of Ireland. The Irish census of 1901 and 1911 will also be addressed.

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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 22 February 2017