Kinseekers Genealogical Society of Lake County Florida
Kinseekers Genealogical Society of Lake County Florida
Welcome to KINSEEKERS Genealogical Society
Family History 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.
Scroll below to see details about upcoming programs!

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MEMBERS: The June Update was sent 29 May. Please check your spam file if you didn't receive it.

New to Zoom? Read our tips here: Zoom Orientation
If you would like one-on-one assitance with Zoom, email us! We want to help!

Family Tree Maker Course

This course is in progress, but you can join anytime.
1st & 3rd Fridays. 
10:00 - 11:30 am (Eastern Time)
via Zoom. 
This 14-class course provides a deep dive into Family Tree Maker, the world’s most popular genealogy software. We’ll go over the basics of installation and establishing a tree, then cover each workspace (module) in detail. Classes include live demos,  questions are encouraged, and troubleshooting tips shared. Attend all or some classes. Course is free.
There is not a set schedule of topics, as the class pace is dependent on the input and feeback of participants.
Led by Roger Goddard.
Non-Members: Register by emailing
This course is separate from the FTM Special Interest Group (SIG).

Military Records & Research Special Interest Group

2nd Mondays, 1:30 - 2:30 (Eastern Time) via Zoom
Led by KB Barcomb
This is an informal collaborative discussion group focusing on military records and research. 
Want to learn more about a U.S. military ancestor? Got questions? This group is here to help. Love military records and research? Let's talk analysis, resources, and methods.
Next session: Monday 11 July. Register here.
Primary July Topic: Open discussion....with some insights on researching WW2 ancestors.


Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group

2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern Time) via Zoom
Led by Roger Goddard
Do you use Family Tree Maker software? This group is for you! 
Bring your questions. Share tips & techniques. All levels welcome.
Open to members and non-members.
Email for link

WikiTree Special Interest Group

3rd Mondays, 1:30 - 2:30 pm (Eastern Time) via Zoom is a free worldwide collaborative family tree. Our discussion group is led by Debi Hoag, a WikiTree ambassador and project leader with over 20 years of research experience. 






Theme: Researching Troubled Times                  
Saturday, 11 June 
9:30am - 12:00pm (Eastern Time). Meet-n-greet at 9:15 am.
Via Zoom. MEMBERS: The Recording has been posted.
Two great speakers. Two great presentations. One special event!
Reinvented Ancestors presented by Beth Stahr
Sometimes our ancestors seem to vanish: the research trail stops, and we cannot find the person in the records. Or sometimes the discovered records don't match what we know about the individuals. Erased paths, evasive answers from family members, geographic relocations, and name changes may all be clues to an ancestor having changed their identity.  This presentation illustrates how keeping an open mind, understanding social history, and using standard genealogical methodology can result in uncovering an unknown past.
Maybe I'm to Blame: The Silent Troubles of Female Ancestors presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega
Throughout history, women's actions (or the perception of them) have been justification for legally limiting both their rights and their voice. This program explores three historical examples: loss of autonomy during forced institutionalization in asylums; loss of citizenship due to the Expatriation Act; and loss of reputation via the American Plan. Being aware of events such as these can prompt us to look more deeply into the lives of our female ancestors and give them a voice they may not have had.
Beth Stahr, CG, MA, MLS is a recently retired academic librarian and college instructor with over forty years of genealogical research experience. She is a past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG). She was first certified by the BCG in 1990, is an alumnus of multiple genealogical programs to include the now-titled Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) and Excelsior College's Genetic Genealogy course. She holds a Master's degree in Library Science and a Master's degree in Organizational Communication. She presents nationally on genealogical and family history research topics.
Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA is an author, researcher, and instructor whose focus is genealogy, social history, and women's history. She holds a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology & Women's Studies) and a Master's degree in Religion. She worked for 13 years assisting battered women and provided expert testimony on Battered Women's Syndrome. She is the Director of the Professional Development Certificate course offered by the National Institute for Genealogical Studies and has taught for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. She regularly writes for Family Tree University, Legacy Family Tree Webinars, and Genealogy Bank and is the author of From the Family Kitchen

1950 Census Project

As of 17 May, volunteers from Kinseekers and Pastfinders Genealogical Societies have reviewed 720 families so far. Thank you! Keep proofreading those 1950 Census pages!
A huge thank you to those who are helping to proofread the 1950C data fields! Please remember to email your daily or weekly totals to
Note: Family Search has streamlined the proofreading of families, so there are now only five fields that are being proofed. This makes the process much easier and faster. More volunteers are welcome! Email for more info.



Spinning a Story Using Sanborn Maps
Saturday, 14 May 
10:30 - 11:45 am (Eastern Time). Meet-n-greet at 10:15 am.
Via Zoom.  
Members: Program recording is posted!
Viewable thru 18 Jun.
The Sanborn Fire Insurance Company created maps of small towns and large cities in the United States to calculate premiums for fire insurance. Such maps have a second life as a tool for genealogists to describe the neighborhoods and homes where ancestors lived and to tell nuanced stories about their lives.
This session will cover: 1) a brief history of the fire insurance maps; 2) a step-by-step lesson about how to interpret the maps; 3) where to find Sanborn maps; 4) how to construct citations for them; 5) how to use the maps to spin your stories.
Jane Neff Rollins, MSPH (Epidemiology), is a professional genealogist, writer, and national speaker. She is an alumna of the 18-month Professional Genealogy (ProGen) Study Group program, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and the Forensic Genealogy Institute. A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, she uses her Russian language skills to specialize in researching client ancestors who came from the former Russian Empire.


Latest News
All our programs are via Zoom,
except GenHelp.
Support our Programming
Summer Hiatus
Our guest speaker program is on hiatus for July
and August
June Program Recordings
The recordings from our June double-header
are posted in Members Only. They are viewable until 11 July.
(Events are Eastern Time)
Family Tree Maker SIG
Wed, 22 Jun
10:00 - 11:00am
Open to all.
Best Practices Study Group (Members Only)
Monday, 29 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm
(Must be a study group member)
Board Meeting
Friday, 1 Jul

Members Welcome!
Family Tree Maker Course
Friday, 1 Jul
10:00 - 11:30am

Open to all!
Military Records SIG
Monday, 11 Jul

Open to all!
Family Tree Maker SIG
Wed, 13 Jul
10:00 - 11:00am
Open to all.
WikiTree Discussion Group
Monday, 18 Jul
1:30 - 2:30pm

Open to all!