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Monday, December 6, 2021

Genealogical Society hosting free anniversary event in Clermont

pastfinders-genealogical-society-logoA Clermont-based genealogical society is creating a bit of history of its own. Pastfinders of South Lake County is celebrating 30 years of educating and assisting others to find their lineage.

The nonprofit organization will host an anniversary celebration at 5pm Thursday, Oct. 10, in Room 108 at Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont, a news release states. Family historian and genealogist Annette Burke Lyttle will speak on “Slavery, Quakers and the Underground Railroad.” Clermont Mayor Gail Ash will present a city proclamation to Pastfinders at 6pm, followed by a historical “Look Back” slide show about the society. Admission is free and refreshments will be available.


Annette Burke Lyttle. // Provided photo

Pastfinders was formed in 1989 by a small group of like-minded people who were interested in helping others participate in the growing hobby of genealogy. Today, the society has 100 members. Pastfinders volunteers are available from 10am-noon each Tuesday at Cooper Memorial Library, which has a room that houses almost 1,800 books and materials to help with research, the release states. Anyone who is interested in the hobby but doesn’t know where to start may bring their research and questions, and volunteers will offer assistance free of charge.

Pastfinders also has designed a special interest group to teach people how to use Family Tree Maker, rated by as one of the top-five genealogical computer programs of 2019 for tracking and organizing family trees. This class is designed to teach the nuances of navigating the program. Classes are conducted from 1-3pm the third Wednesday of each month in Room 221 at Cooper Memorial Library. Visitors can learn about the program during an Oct. 16 informational meeting.

For more information, visit or the organization’s Facebook page, or call volunteer Anjanette Mercer at 407.509.1754.


Pastfinders volunteers help people with research at Cooper Memorial Library. // Photo by Anjanette Mercer