Pastfinders Genealogical Society of South Lake County

Welcome to Pastfinders!
Welcome to the Pastfinders of South Lake County‚Äč Website.
We are located in Clermont, Florida (From Gem of the Hills to Choice of Champions). The Cooper Memorial Library's (CML) Genealogy Room is our base of operation with monthly meetings, genealogy help sessions, computer users’ classes, Beginner Classes, and special events. 
Pastfinders mission is to educate the public on the art and science of preserving family history.  Learning about your roots, where you came from, and the struggles your family made to get you where you are today can open one’s eyes to what kind of pioneers our ancestors were. 
All the classes Pastfinders of South Lake County Genealogical Society conducts are open to the public and most are free to attend. Our meetings are held from September to May.
During the summer months the only scheduled activity is a weekly Summer Genealogy Chat at the library. 
Please see the event calendar on the menu bar for more detail or contact us by Email at for more information.

Thursday March 14 Hybrid Presentation
 Due to Spring Break (Library closes early at 6 PM)  our schedule has been changed.
Meet at the Library at 4:00 PM for Meet and Greet.
Meet on Zoom at 4:15 PM for introductions
Announcements will start at 4:35 PM 
Presentation by Tamara Hallo begins at 4:45 PM
Tamara Hallo, MLS, owner of Hallo Genealogy Services, LLC is an educator, librarian, & professional genealogist. Genealogy is her passion & a perfect complement to her repertoire. She has over 25 years of experience as an educator, holds a Master in Library Science degree, and a certificate of genealogical research from Boston University. Tamara presents genealogical topics to both in-person & virtual audiences & teaches genealogy classes throughout South Florida. She specializes in Southern United States and Miami, Florida research & is passionate about sharing genealogy with the community.
Topic: Getting Organized: Reducing the Amount of Paper in your Genealogy Workspace.
When researching your family history, it’s easy to get bogged down and overwhelmed with paper. The collection of vital records, record printouts, pictures, genealogy articles, just to name a few, can quickly become a storage nightmare. Learn how technology and simple computer programs, like Snagit and OneNote, can help reduce and manage the amount of paper in your genealogy workspace.

Your Genealogical Journey Starts Here!
Come to Cooper Memorial Library to learn how to be a Family Historian.
Beginner Genealogy Classes in Room 221 - 1:00 to 3:00 PM.
Registration is Suggested, but Walk-ins are always welcome.
Session 1 - April 3, 2024
Session 2 - April 17, 2024
Session 3 - May 1, 2024
For more information about class details, go to the Events Calendar or click on this LINK 
Please arrive early, seating is limited.

2024 MEMBERS Bonus Study Group
Using Family Book Creator® to Tell Your Family History
led by Rebecca Shamblin
The First Meeting was on February 26, but registration is still open to Pastfinders Members until the 2nd meeting on March 25th.
Register in the MEMBER LOG IN section under the Study Group Registration tab.
Free Program opened to all active Members.
For the Course Description, click HERE
Learn more about Family Book Creator HERE

Pastfinders Virtual
Special Interest Groups
Irish SIG meets on the 3rd Monday each month at 11 AM Eastern Time.
Peter Stauder is our Irish expert and he will help you discover where and how to research Ireland. To Join the Irish SIG list for the season please register here: REGISTRATION You will recive a reminder email in your inbox each month from Pete the program facilitator. 
Family Tree Maker SIG meets on the 3rd Tuesday each month at 2 PM
Stan Wells hosts the meetings and uses the FTM 2019 instruction manual to guide content. To join the FTM SIG please send your contact info, Name, City, State and Pastfinders membership status to with the Words FTM SIG on the Subject line. 
Your host will maintain an email distribution list.  You will receive an email several days prior to the meeting with your Zoom link. 
How about hosting a special interest group! Do you have a passion for a topic? You do not have to be an expert, just willing to share your special knowledge. We would love to have you host a SIG.  Things like DNA, German, British, Or a Research SIG would be fun.