submitted by the Pastfinders of South Lake County; Genealogy Society

Who Do You Think You Are? Finding your Roots, Genealogy Roadshow, and Long Lost Family are some of the popular TV shows about people finding who their ancestors were. It makes one wonder where did they come from? Who are their relatives?

Pastfinders of South Lake County; Genealogy Society have a research room on the second floor of Cooper Memorial Library. Some of the events they host are Beginner classes on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Help Sessions on Tuesdays. On the second Thursday of the month is an educational guest speaker and on the third Wednesday is a computer class focusing on genealogy computer programs.

How to start Genealogy; Digging up your Ancestors Beginner Class is scheduled for 10 am to 12 pm at Cooper Memorial Library Genealogy Room.

Beginner classes in Genealogy are held twice a month and are designed to introduce you to the science of genealogy. Learn

  •   How to gather the information you already have
  •   How to compile that information so it makes sense and organized
  •   How to start digging for more information
  •   The different places to continue your research

It is very important that you come to both classes and that you attend them in order.  Bring what you know (family, names, dates and places)

  • Class 1 Beginners is held on January 2, February 6,  and March 6th.
  • Class 2 Beginners is held January 16, February 20th and March 20th

These classes are free and open to the public. Anyone can attend but are requested to arrive on time. The class starts at 10 am (The library opens at 9 am come early to get a seat).

 Coming in February; The 2nd Annual Mid-Winter Conference, a 2-day event that will be very informative.  These events are open to the public because Pastfinders is dedicated to educating others in the science of documenting family lines.

The Genealogy room is full of reference books covering ancestral information from all over the world. There are computers linked to several family history websites like  Ancestry, Family Search, Heritage Quest and American Ancestors.

If you would like to learn more about becoming your family historian, go to PastfindersofSL on Facebook or on the World Wide Web at Visit Cooper Memorial Library Genealogy room to start your search. For questions, please email

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