Kinseekers Genealogical Society of Lake County Florida
Kinseekers Genealogical Society of Lake County Florida
Welcome to KINSEEKERS Genealogical Society
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Leesburg Public Library logo Proud to partner with the Leesburg Public Library
in offering genealogy and family history programs.

Genealogy connects us. 
To our ancestors. To who we are. To each other.
Genealogy is fun.  
It's the thrill of the hunt.  The joy of discovery.   
Join us. All experience levels welcome.
Due to Covid-19, we are pivoting our programs to online only.
Online Summer programs to be posted soon!

May Program

Saturday, 23 May at 11:00 (Note date/time)

Writing Workshop via Zoom


Workshop: How to Write Your Family History Stories


It is said that after three generations our ancestral stories are lost. What stories do you have of your grandparents, parents, or yourself that should be shared?  Learn how to write those stories by starting with the small bites first.


Led by Jill Morelli, Certified Genealogist®, writer, lecturer.

Workshop is hands-on, interactive, 60-90min (incl Q&A).


Members: Zoom link & workbook is an email sent out 19 May.


Non-Members: This event is limited to members only. (Our membership is only $20/year!)




May Meet-Up

Saturday, 16 May at 10:00 (Note time change)

On-line Meet-Up


Thank you to all those who participated and shared their ideas! It was great to 'see' you!


It's Time to Reconnect! 

Join us for an informal virtual meet-up using Zoom.


Get news about upcoming events and programs.

Share a resource or tool you've recently discovered.



The zoom link for this event is in your May Update email.



Email ContactUs@Kinseekers.org if you'd like to attend.


New to Zoom? 

Email us and we'll send you a test link to walk you though how it works.



April Meet-Up & Program (Online)

Saturday, 18 April at 11:00 (Note time change)



Program: "Read 'Em or Weep - Promise and Pitfalls in Newspaper OCR"     

Learn where to find free and pay newspapers online. Learn how to put OCR mistakes to work for you to increase search results. See a method to make sure you do thorough searching in every newspaper every time.


Presenter: Mary Kircher Roddy, Certified Genealogist®

Published writer, genealogy educator and lecturer

Learn more about our speaker at https://www.mkrgenealogy.com 


Handout is available in the Members Only section under Downloads.



Family History & Genealogy Seminar

                                 Family History & Genealogy Seminar
                                       Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
                                            Four Outstanding Presentations
                            Problems & Pitfalls of Reasonably Shallow Research
                         Thinking Outside the Index: Advanced Search Techniques
                                    Baker's Dozen Steps to Writing as You Go
                           Developing Your Personal Genealogy Education Plan


March Meet-Up & Program

Saturday, 21 March at 10:00



Program: "Focusing Your Research"

You don't have to be a professional to work like one. Discover how organization, questions, and knowledge of records can help you become a better genealogist and family history researcher.


Presenter: Seema-Jayne Kenney

Professioal genealogist and educator.

Alumni, 18-month Professional Genealogy Study Group; 

Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston U;

Chair, New England Regional Genealogical Conference; 

President, Massachusetts Genealogical Society.


Our thanks to Seema for allowing her Presentation Handout to be shared with non-members. Her slides are available in our members only area, per her request. 


February Meet-Up & Program

Saturday, 15 February at 9:30* (Special Time!)
Leesburg Public Library (Meeting Room A)
Our planned speaker is unavailable due to a death in the family. 
But we are flexible! We've put together an ad hoc program that we are pretty excited about:
Program: "Expanding Your Family History Toolkit"
Expand your family tree by expanding your toolkit.  We're going to present and discuss a wide variety of on-line resources you can combine and tailor to help your personal family history research. We'll also share some technology tools and cool learning opportunities you might not know about (including DNA ones). We think you will really enjoy this program!
* We are starting early due to Leesburg's annual Mardi Gras parade, which starts at 11:00. Main Street and the parking lot adjacent to the library will be blocked off, but the parking garage will be accessible via West Meadow St. Come for our program and stay for the parade!


January Meet-Up & Program

Saturday, 18 January at 10:30

Leesburg Public Library (Meeting Room A)    


Program: "Doing a Deep Dive in Ancestry's Collections"

Filling out a search form on Ancestry only returns a small percentage of the records available on the site. Learn how to search on Ancestry so you can find all records your ancestry may be mentioned in.


Presenter: Annette Burke Lyttle

Professioal genealogist and speaker.

Alumni, 18-month Professional Genealogy Study Group; 

Board Member, Association of Professional Genealogists;

Editorial Assistant, National Genealogical Society Quarterly; 

Vice-President, Villages Genealogical Society.


The WikiTree SIG will meet at 1:30 in the library's Tech Room.

(This group is for new and current users of WikiTree, the world's free online collaborative family tree.) 




December Meet-up & Program

Dec 2019 Speaker Tom WilcoxSaturday, 21 December at 10:30

Leesburg Public Library (Meeting Room A)    


Program: "The Secret Census"

What can you discover about your ancestors through the U.S. Census? Various editions of the census recorded a wide variety of information: addresses, home ownership, citizenship, occupations, family relationships, immigration info, and much more!


Speaker: Tom Wilcox

Staff genealogist and a reference librarian for the Leesburg Public Library. Tom holds a Masters of Library Science degree from Queens College (CUNY) and has extensive experience in family history research.


The DNA SIG (Special Interest Group) will meet 9:15-10:15 in Meeting Room A

(This group discusses DNA-related genealogy topics. All are welcome.)


The WikiTree SIG will meet at 1:30 in the library's Tech Room.

(This group is for new and current users of WikiTree, the world's free online collaborative family tree.) 



African American Family History Workshop

Saturday, 16 November, 1:00 - 3:45
Leesburg Public Library
Join us for this special event co-hosted by KINSEEKERS and the Leesburg Public Library. All are welcome. No pre-registration required.  

November Meet-Up & Program

Saturday, 16 November at 10:30
Leesburg Public Library (Meeting Room A)                                     
Program:  "Mastering the VA Master Index File"
This newly digitized collection consists of over 5.8 million records documenting individual military and service and veteran claims (primarily WWI-related).  Learn how to find, interpret, and analyze these cards. 
Speaker: KB Barcomb.
Genealogist specializing in WWI and WWII military records and research. She has presented locally and nationally, to include the 2018 Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Conference.
The DNA SIG (Special Interest Group) will meet at  9:15-10:15 in Meeting Room A.  
(This group discusses DNA-related genealogy topics. Today's primary topic is clustering matches.)
The WIKITREE SIG is not meeting this month so members can attend the African American Family History Workshop. 


Latest News
Upcoming Events
All in-person activities are currently suspended.
Genealogy Chat (Virtual)
via Zoom
Monday, 1 Jun
Topic: Sources
"Old and new sources: where to find 'em & how to cite 'em."
Board Meeting (Virtual)
via Zoom
Friday, 5 Jun
10:30 - 11:30
Members Welcome
Family Tree Maker Class
Virtual via Zoom
Friday, 12 Jun
10:00 - 11:00
Topics and details coming soon
WikiTree Discussion Group (Virtual)
via Zoom
Monday, 15 Jun
1:30 - 2:30
Family Tree Maker Class
Virtual via Zoom
Friday, 19 Jun
10:00 - 11:00
Topics and details coming soon