Pastfinders of South Lake County
Genealogical Society

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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

Are you coming to the Genealogy Meet-Up? Looking forward to seeing you in our Summer Real Life (as opposed to virtual) Chat Room. What the heck is a Meet- Up you may ask? Well if you are over 60 yrs old its probably not in your playbook. It is what modern day contemporary hip folk do when they want to get together with others who have interests in common. They announce a “meet-up and anyone who shares the interest and can make it shows up". Ours is a genealogy Meet Up, for members and guests, held weekly to stay in touch and continue discussions on your latest genealogical research, or catch up on your daily doin’s. It is way to build friendships and cement bonds and help each other. This is not mandatory but it is a chance to know your fellow members. Some use the time for research while keeping one ear on the conversation. The meet ups are held on a revolving schedule so that anyone who has at least one day of the week free can find a Pastfinder friend in the Genealogy Room waiting for them. The gatherings convene at 10 AM at Cooper Memorial Library.


Summer Meet-Up, Wednesday, June 21, 10 AM in the Genealogy Room.

Summer Meet-Up, Thursday, June 29, 10 AM in the Genealogy Room.

Summer Meet-Up, Tuesday, July 11, 10 AM in the Genealogy Room.

Summer Meet-Up, Wednesday, July 19, 10 AM in the Genealogy Room.

Summer Meet-Up, Thursday, July 27, 10 AM in the Genealogy Room.


Pastfinders of South Lake; Genealogy Society does not have general meetings or Computer Users Group meetings during the summer months of June, July and August. We are still available by appointment, at 352-404-8164, to provide help in discovering your ancestors.

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Pastfinders April 13, 2017 Meeting is now history

Stan Wells shared his Genealogy Journey to the Pastfinders of South Lake County. The Title of his presentation was Disappointment (Frustration doesn't start with a D), Discovery, Delight of which there had been plenty of each over the past 40 years of searching for his family history.

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Pastfinders Computer Users Group on April 19 is now history

7 people attended a demonstration of using Griffith's Valuation, the 1901 and 1911 Ireland census records and a view of a number of resources to discover your Irish heritage and ancestors. Thank You Pete Stauder for your help in presenting this since Stan did not have any Irish ancestors (Not even one).

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Pastfinders May 11, 2017 Meeting

Boy Scouts Earn Genealogy Merit Badge Presentation

Pastfinders of South Lake; Genealogy Society general meeting is Thursday, May 11th and it will be quite interesting. The Scouts from Troops 268 and 784 will present the work they have accomplished during the past 8 weeks in order to earn their Genealogy Badge. This is a wonderful group of young men and you are bound to enjoy their presentation. The public is 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. This free event will commence at 5:00 p.m.

CUG Meeting on Wednesday May 17, 2017

We will demonstrate using the RootsMagic7 genealogy database. RootsMagic connects directly to,, and It is also being updated to allow it to connect to I currently use FTM and often have to use to find data that is not available on I have also found that has additional data and often more data on the UK. I will start with a demonstration showing how I copied all of my Family Tree Maker database to RootsMagic7.

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.

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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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Last updated 23 April 2017