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.
Events and education programs are free and open to the public (unless stated otherwise).
We meet at 10:30 on the 3rd Saturday of the month (October through June)
at the Leesburg Public Library, 100 E Main St, Leesburg, Florida 34748.
Next Meet-Up: 21 March 2020


Family History & Genealogy Seminar

Saturday, 18 April from 9:30am to 3:45pm
Lake-Sumter State College, Leesburg Campus (Magnolia Room)
                                 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
Elissa Scalise Powell
- Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer
- Co-Director, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh
- Past-president; Board for Certification of Genealogists
- Former Instructor, Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate Course
Limited seating. Register soon! 
Click here for more information: Family History Seminar


Genealogy Chat

1st and 3rd Mondays, 10:30 - 12:30
Florida Porch Cafe at 706 W Main St, Leesburg.
This is a 'come when you want' get-together to discuss anything genealogy related. Stop in, grab a cup of coffee, and join the conversation for a few minutes or a couple hours. Better yet, stay for lunch; the food is great!. 


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.) 



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. 


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.  

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Upcoming Events
Genealogy Help
Every Wednesday
10:30 - 1:30
Genealogy Dept
Leesburg Library
No appt needed.
Genealogy Chat
1st & 3rd Mondays
Drop-in & Casual
Florida Porch Cafe
Downtown Leesburg
Family Tree Maker Class
2nd & 3rd Fridays
10:00 - 11:30
Leesburg Library
Tech Room
Walk-Ins Welcome
Board Meeting
Friday, 6 Mar
10:30 - 11:30
Florida Porch Cafe
Downtown Leesburg
Members welcome!
DNA Special Interest Group
Saturday, 7 Mar
Topic: Y-DNA
Leesburg Library
Tech Room
March Program
Saturday, 21 Mar
10:30 - 11:30
"Focusing Your Research"
Leesburg Library
WikiTree Special Interest Group
Saturday, 21 Mar
Leesburg Library
Tech Room