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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in offering genealogy and family history programs.
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MEMBERS: An update was emailed 30 Oct. 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!


An Orderly Life:  
Using Directories for Family History Research     
The handout from this presentation has been added to the Downloads in the Members Only section.  The recording has been added to the Webinar Recordings in the Members Only section.
Saturday, 12 Nov     
10:30 - 11:45 am (Eastern Time). Meet-n-greet at 10:15 am.
Via Zoom.  
City, rural, and other types of directories can provide a tremendous amount of information about our ancestors. Where did they live? Where did they work? Who were their neighbors? Did relatives live close by? What was their community like? What churches, schools, and shops were nearby? And so much more.
Learn where to find these directories, how to use them, and how to analyze what you find (or don't find). Discover new tips and methods to get this most out of these rich resources.
Diana Crisman Smith is a researcher, speaker, writer, and teacher with over 40 years of professional experience. A former librarian at a Family History Center, she is exceptionally familiar with the wide variety of records and resources available to genealogists. She has authored online genealogy courses, written multiple articles, and published several books related to family history research. 
Register here.


Family Tree Maker Course

1st & 3rd Fridays, 10:00 - 11:30 am (Eastern Time)
Via Zoom. Attend some or all. 
(Course started 21 Oct.)
This popular program is back!  
This free 16-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. 
There is not a set schedule of topics, as the class pace is dependent on the input and feedback of participants. Led by Roger Goddard.
Members: Access via link in the Members Only section.
Non-Members: Register by emailing
This course is separate from the FTM Special Interest Group (SIG).

Genealogy Work Zones

Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 pm (Eastern Time)
via Zoom
Genealogy is fun…except when it isn’t. We all have genealogy tasks we tend to put off: labeling photos, tagging documents, organizing paper or digital files, cleaning up trees, etc.
To help you tackle these mini-projects, we’re offering dedicated work zones. Its time dedicated to chipping away at those not so fun tasks. We'll greet each other and then simply start working on our individual projects. Work for 30 minutes or two hours.
How is this different from just working on your own? It’s easier to follow-through when you have a set time and place to be. We’re cheering you, and each other, on.  You’ll be amazed at how much you got done.
Members: Access via the link in the Members Only section.
Non-Members: Register by emailing for the link.

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. October Sessions: 12 & 26 Oct
Email for link

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 14 Nov. Register here.
Primary Topic: Open discussion of deciphering WWI units and military job titles. (Topic postponed from last month.)


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. 
Next Session: Monday, 21 November






Family History in Black & White:         
Navigating Historical Newspapers
Recording has been posted in Members Only Section!       
Learn strategies you can use to improve and fine-tune your newspaper searching skills. Discover how you can use this amazing resource to discover previously unknown details about your ancestors' lives and enrich their personal stories. 
Taneya Y Koonce, MLIS, MPH, is a health information scientist at a major academic medical center. She routinely applies her library science and technology skills to assisting others in furthering their family history research. 



Presentation recordings have been posted in the Members Only section!

Did you miss this outstanding and informative event?
Members can still view recordings of all four presentations.
Explorations in African American Genealogy Research presented by Taneya Y. Koonce
Researching WWI African American Ancestors presented by KB Barcomb
Researching Black Family History in the State Archives of Florida presented by Matthew Storey
Mini Case Studies in Black Family History presented by Adrienne Whaley

Latest News
Programs are
via Zoom,
except GenHelp & select events.
Support our Programming
Program Recordings
The November, October
& Black Family History programs are now posted in Members Only section.
Free FTM Course!
16-Class Course
Family Tree Maker Software
Attend all or some sessions. Open to everyone. See details at left.
Genealogy Help
In-person GenHelp
10:00 - 1:00
Leesburg Public Library.
(Events are Eastern Time)
November Program
Saturday, 12 Nov
10:30 - 11:45
"An Orderly Life:
Using Directories"
with Diana Crisman Smith

Open to all!
Military Records SIG
Monday, 14 Nov
Open to all!
Genealogy Work Zone
Tuesday, 15 Nov
1:30 - 3:30pm
Family Tree Maker Course
18 Nov
10:00 - 11:30am
Session Three
Attend some or all sessions. Open to everyone.
WikiTree SIG
Monday, 21 Nov
1:30 - 2:30pm
Open to all!
Genealogy Work Zone
Tuesday, 22 Nov
1:30 - 3:30pm
Family Tree Maker SIG
Wed, 23 Nov
10:00 - 11:00am
Open to all.
Genealogy Work Zone
Tuesday, 29 Nov
1:30 - 3:30pm
Board Meeting
Friday, 2 Dec
1:15 - 2:15pm

Members Welcome!