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

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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 Meeting
Thursday, November 12, 2015
DNA Testing for Genealogists
Dotty Dill

Ladies, mtDNA testing will not find your family matrilineal names. However, the testing companies will be able to give you the names of other women who closely match your DNA results. They will include an estimate of the closest generation. Your relationship to each other can only be determined by sound genealogical research. If you have a male on your father’s side that can take the y-DNA test, you will have an easier time connecting to his line through a surname study project. In either case, the more testers and shared results in the data base the better chance you have to find your cousins. Because you do not have a Y gene you cannot take the y-DNA test. The autosomal test will give you additional information about your ancestry and give you an idea of where your ancestor were from.

Gentlemen, you have the better chance to follow your paternal line. Submitting your y-DNA results to a surname projects online and you will be able to find your cousins on your father’s side. Because you have the mtDNA from your mother, you can take that test but you will be in the same boat as the ladies - you will learn of her ancient haplogroup but will have to rely only on genealogical research and shared results in the data base to follow her line.

The testing companies provide you with a wealth of information on how to interpret your results and how to share your raw data with others. It’s up to you to thoroughly explore everything they offer you. If you don’t understand something - Google it.

The handout was much too long to present here but it starts by defining some Key Terms.
GD (Genetic Distance), MRCA (Most Recent Common Ancestor, MHT (Mutation History Tree)

and NPE (Non-Paternity Event).

One part of the handout was taken from

Go here to see the ISOGG Glossary

Online DNA Resources


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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