Kinseekers Genealogical Society of Lake County Florida
Kinseekers Genealogical Society of Lake County Florida
Welcome to KINSEEKERS Genealogical Society
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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.
We meet at 10:30AM on the 2nd Saturday of the month (October - June)
at the Leesburg Public Library, 100 E Main St, Leesburg, Florida 34748.
Special co-hosted event on Saturday, 10 November at 1:00
(in lieu of our regualr meet-up...see description below)
Next Regular Meet-Up: Saturday, 8 December at 10:30

Adrienne G. Whaley's Nov 10 Handout

Speaker Adrienne G. Whaley has agreed to let us share her resource list from the "Finding Your African American Ancestors, Yes You Can!" presentation held 10 November 2018.
Finding Your African American Ancestors – Yes, You Can!
Selected Resources
  • Black Roots: A Beginner’s Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree, by Tony Burroughs
  • Finding a Place Called Home: A Guide to African American Genealogy and Historical Identity, by Dee Parmer Woodtor
  • The Best of Reclaiming Kin: Helpful Tips on Researching Your Roots, by Robyn N. Smith

Websites, Blogs, and Other Media



Reconstruction and Jim Crow


Adrienne G. Whaley, Prepared 11.2018 

Special Event - African American Genealogy

Saturday, 10 November at 1:00*
Meeting Room A, Leesburg Public Library
"Finding Your African American Ancestors, Yes You Can!
KINSEEKERS is excited to be co-hosting this speical event with the Leesburg Public Library.  (This is in lieu of our November Meet-Up.*)  This event is free and open to the public.
Our guest speaker is Adrienne G. Whaley.  A specialist in African American Studies and Family History, Adrienne brings a dynamic and engaging style to her presentations and follow-on discussions.  In addition to her work on the staff of the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelpia, she frequently presents at various history and genealogy events, to include the African American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) Conference.  
"Finding Your African American Ancestors, Yes You Can!"
"When it comes to African American genealogical research, myths abound: it can't be done, the records don't exist, everybody was a slave, why would I want to know about that?  But the truth is, this research CAN be done, records DO exist, and every family had a multitude of experiences, whether in slavery or in freedom.  This presentation will walk attendees through the basics of African American family history research, with an emphasis on not only finding not just names, dates, and location, but on the stories that give this information meaning." 
* Note: The start time is 1:00, not 10:30. There are also no Special Interest Group meetings this day.

Gen Chat Update

New Genealogy Chats Schedule Starting in OCTOBER
2nd and 4th Mondays, 10:30 - 12:30
Florida Porch Cafe at 706 W Main St, Leesburg.
This is a 'come when you want' weekly get-together to discuss anything genealogy related. 
Questions? Brick walls in your research? A new online resource to share? A major discovery you're excited about? Then stop in, grab a cup of coffee, and join the conversation. Better yet, stay for lunch; the food is great!.

October Meet-Up & 2018-2019 Kick-Off!

Welcome Back! 
Saturday, 13 October at 10:30 
Leesburg Public Library (Meeting Room A)
We're kicking off our 2018-2019 season with a mini "Show and Tell" and social meet-up.  
Share your summer genealogy highlights.  Did you visit a cemetery?  Break down a brick wall?  Jump into the DNA testing pool? Discover a new genealogy website or tech tool?  Add a major branch to your tree?  
(We promise not to pass the microphone to anyone who doesn't want it!)
Afterwards, we'll announce some upcoming programs and events.
Then it's light refreshments and social time.  Mingle. Reconnect. Catch-up. Make a new member feel welcome.  
Our Special Interests Groups (SIGs) are starting back up too. (Free and open to the public)
DNA SIG (Special Interest Group):   9:15-10:15 in Meeting Room A.  
(This group discusses DNA-related genealogy topics. New attendees welcome.)
WIKITREE SIG:  1:00 - 3:00m in the Library's Tech Room.  
(This group is for users of WikiTree, the world's free, online, collabrative family tree.)
GENTECH SIG: Will meet the first Saturday of the month at 10:00, begining 1 Dec.
(This group discusses various tech tools we can use for genealogy.)

A Unique Membership Benefit

We've partnered with Internet Genealogy magazine to offer a new membership benefit!
When you join KINSEEKERS, we'll present you a free issue of Internet Genealogy (a $6.95 value).
Inside, you'll find a special one year subscription offer to this bi-monthly magazine for only $20 (regularly $27.95). If you are already a subscriber, they will extend your subscription at this rate by one year.
Already a member? Come to our next meeting to receive your complimentary issue! 

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(We hope you enjoyed your summer!)

Latest News
Upcoming Events
Genealogy Chats
Drop-In & Casual
2nd & 4th Mondays
Florida Porch Cafe
Downtown Leesburg
GenTech SIG
1 December
Leesburg Public Library
Tech Room
December Meet-Up
8 December
Leesburg Public Library
"When Was This Photo Taken & Who Are These People?"
8 December
Leesburg Public Library
WikiTree SIG
8 December
Leesburg Public Library