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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; 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.

Spring is the season of new beginnings. We are available to help you get started with researching your family history
All of our free sessions and classes are conducted at Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Dr., Clermont, FL.
Tuesdays, April 5, 19, and 26, help session from 10:30 am - 1:00 pm, 2nd floor, Genealogy Room.
Wednesdays, April 6 & 20, classes in genealogy forms and record keeping begin promptly at 10:00 am, 2nd floor, Genealogy Room.
Wednesday, April 20, Computer Users Group meeting, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 2nd floor for discussion on using the computer for your genealogy.
Thursdays, April 7, 21, and 28, help session from 9:30 am - 12:00 N, 2nd floor, Genealogy Room
Please bring some information about your parents and grandparents so we have something to work with in the help sessions and classes.

Please call 352-242-9805 if you would like further information.
 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

Programs prior to 2012

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

Mr. Bret Gordon arrived at our May meeting in a Union army uniform and assumed the persona of General Ulysses S. Grant the entire time. He began his talk with his childhood and spoke for 45 minutes bringing us through the life of Gen. Grant into and on to the end of the Civil War. Itwas an incredible performance. Mr. Gordon even stayed in character for the question period. If you missed this meeting you might like to attend the Presidents Hall of Fame in Clermont as they are holding a Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, April 30 and Mr. Gordon will appear as Ulysses S. Grant. Go here to see the details:

 Next Regular Meeting

Pastfinders general meeting on Thursday, May 12th will be quite lively. We will have Boy Scouts from troops 20, 551, 784 and 268 present the work they have accomplished during the past 6 weeks in order to earn their Genealogy Badge. This is a wonderful group of young men and you will enjoy their presentation. We will also be entertained by the Scottish Highland Dancers directed by Dr. Kathryn Austin of the Centre for Dance & the Performing Arts studio located in Oakland, FL. The dancers will perform traditional Highland dances and Scottish National Dances as a sampling of Celtic traditions from Scotland. Dr. Austin is a Fellow of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing and also teaches classical dance genres. Her students in West Orange and Lake counties have won much acclaim in the 26 years she has been teaching in Central Florida and has received many awards and honors in the USA, Canada and Scotland.

You are welcome to join us for our last meeting before our summer break. We will be in Community Room 108, Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Dr., Clermont, FL. We commence at 5:00 pm. Questions? Please call Dotty at 352-242-9805.






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 used the interaction of Ancestry and FamilySearch with the web to see the suggestions offered for people in our family tree. Where a person is cited in another tree or a public record, both sites present the information so you can use it to ad more detail to your tree.

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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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