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.  
Join us. All experience levels welcome.
2023 - 2024 Theme: Legacies - Past & Future
Scroll below to see details about current and upcoming programs.

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Proud to partner with the Leesburg Public Library
in offering genealogy and family history programs.
LPL is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. This 
means enhanced access to FamilySearch records!
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Pastfinders is our sister society, located in Clermont.
For their full schedule of events, please visit their website at

Updates were emailed 1 & 14 February.
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Family Tree Maker SIG

2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 11:00am - 12:00pm (Eastern Time) via Zoom
EVENING SESSION                              
2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:00pm (Eastern Time) via Zoom
This is an informal discussion and help session for those using FTM genealogy software or thinking about using it.
Ask questions, share tips, learn from one another. All are welcome!
Non-Members: Register by emailing
Members: Access via the link in the Members Area.
(Society membership includes a significant discount on the FTM software. Details are under Member Perks in the Members Area.)



SESSION ONE Recording is posted.
(Located in the Study Group page of the Members Area Section.)
Free Bonus Program for Members!
26 February - 24 June, 4th Mondays at 7:00pm (ET) via Zoom
Includes optional mid-month support sessions via Zoom: 2nd Monday of the month. 
Register via the Study Group page in the Members' Area of our website.
Late Registration is open until 25 March if seats are available. 
Led by Rebecca Shamblin. Course Description:
Do you dream of turning all that research into an actual book? Let's do it together! During this workshop, I will hold your hand through the process of planning, writing, and producing your family history book. We will break everything down into manageable tasks and tackle them one at a time, until you are holding the book of a lifetime in your hands.
February 26 - "Laying the Groundwork: Planning & Research"
Our first step is deciding what type of book you want to create, who it will be about, and how you are going to bring it to life. We will talk about cleaning up the applicable branches of your tree in Family Tree Maker before you begin, and fleshing out your research to find the images and stories that will provide context to your tree.

March 25 - "The Power of Family Book Creator: Getting Started"
Putting pen to paper is often the hardest part. Not anymore! I will hold your hand as you get started with Family Book Creator, choosing the settings you need to turn your data into an initial narrative with the click of a button. You can edit it, add to it, or just use it as a reference for your own writing.
April 22 - "Taking it a Step Further: Adding the Extras"
Now that your book has a foundation, you can go a little further with some optional add-ons to your book. I will show you how to add things like word clouds, maps, and other images. We'll also discuss incorporating your own writing (with pictures!) and design ideas.
May 27 - "Finishing Touches: Printing & Distribution"
Let's get this book off of your computer and onto your bookshelf. We will talk about finalizing your book and turning it into a PDF. Then we will step through the process of using print-on-demand publishing using Finally, we will talk about ways you can share this book with your family.
June 24 - "Student Showcase: Time to Celebrate!"
You did it! You created a family history book! It doesn't have to be perfect; the goal is to gain confidence with the process. During this session, we'll show our books (optional), celebrate everyone's progress, and share ideas for future projects. 
Study Group leader, Rebecca Shamblin, is the author of "Leaving a Legacy: Turn Your Family Tree into a Family Book." A genealogist, and professional photographer with a Master's degree in Communicative Arts, she is a dynamic, engaging, and exceptionally skilled educator.
Learn more about Family Book Creator® here.


FEBRUARY PROGRAM - Recording Posted

Immigration & Naturalization: Backing Up to the Boat
Saturday, 10 February 
10:30 - 11:30 am (Eastern Time) via Zoom
Program Recording is viewable in the Members Area through 10 April.  
We're excited to offer this comprehensive program on immigration and naturalization.
Presented by Ann Osisek, a past recipient of the Florida State Genealogical Society's Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of her contributions to the field of genealogical education. 


*** Family Tree Maker Course (Free) ***

EVENING Course                                
1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30pm (Eastern Time) via Zoom
DAY Course 
1st & 3rd Fridays, 11:00am - 12:30pm (Eastern Time) via Zoom
Open to all. Our most popular program is back!                                           
This free 20-class course provides a deep dive into Family Tree Maker, the world’s most popular genealogy software. We 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.
Join in anytime. Attend some or all 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.
Non-Members: Register by emailing
Members: Access via the link in the Members Area.
(Society membership includes a significant discount on the FTM software. Details are under Member Perks in the Members Area.)
This course is separate from the FTM Special Interest Group (SIG).

Citation Anxiety SIG

1st Mondays, 1:30 - 2:30 (Eastern Time) via Zoom
Do you get flustered trying to create record citations? This group is here to help. This is an informal discussion group focused on citing sources. 
We are a friendly "safe space" for those new to citations and those already familiar with the basics of documenting sources. 
We emphasize the Graham Model, but discuss other citations models as well. (Learn more about the Graham Model in this publicly accessible article.)
Open to all. Next session: Monday 4 Mar. Register HERE.


Military Records & Research SIG (WWI/WW2)

2nd Mondays, 1:30 - 2:45 (Eastern Time) via Zoom
Led by KB Barcomb
This is an informal and collaborative discussion group focusing on military records and research methodology. Open to all.
Want to learn more about a U.S. military ancestor? This group is here to help. Love military records and research? Let's talk analysis, resources, and methods.
Next session: Monday 11 Marchb. Register here.
Topics: Attendee submitted questions, plus we'll continue our discussion on the WW2 GI Bill.


Genealogy Help

10:00 am - 1:00 pm (Eastern Time)
In-person, Leesburg Public Library 
Society volunteers, in partnership with the Leesburg Public Library, are offering free genealogy assistance every week in the library's genealogy area.
No registration or appointment needed. Simply walk-in.


Black Family History SIG

Black Family History (1900 - 1950) 
Every other month, 3rd Saturdays.
10:00 - 11:00am (Eastern Time) via Zoom.
Led by Charles Wilson
Next session: Saturday, 16 March. Register HERE.
March will continue our discussion on community research, the role of the railroad in the African American experience, and advocacy/support organizations such as women's groups, the YMCA, and the urban league. Questions and other topics are welcome!!
All are welcome. You do not have to be a member to attend our SIGs!


Post-Op SIG

Thursday, 22 February
1:30 - 2:30pm (Eastern Time) via Zoom
Led by Shelia MacGrath
Register here.
This discussion and help session is offered as a follow-up to our monthly speaker program.
Feb Topic: The program on Immigation & Naturalization presented on 10 Feb. (See below.)
Discuss what was presented, ask questions, share discovers, and learn from each other.
(This SIG meets the second Thursday following our monthly Speaker Presentation.)


Latest News
Programs are
via Zoom,
except GenHelp & select events.
Support our Programming
Members Study Group
Free 5-month
Family Book Creator
(FTM Plug-In) Study Group
starts on 26 Feb

Details in main section at left.
Genealogy Help
In-person GenHelp
10:00 - 1:00
Leesburg Public Library.
Program Recording
February program has been posted in the Members Area.
Genealogy Help
Wed, 28 Feb
10:00 - 1:00
Leesburg Library
Walk-In's Welcome
Open to all
Family Tree Maker SIG (Daytime)
Wed, 28 Feb
11:00am -12:00pm
Open to all.
FTM Course (Daytime)
Friday,1 Mar
11:00am - 12:30pm
Open to all!
Citation Anxiety SIG
Monday, 4 Mar
1:30 - 2:30pm
Open to all!
FTM Course (Evening)
Tue, 5 Mar
11:00 - 12:30pm
Open to all!
Genealogy Help
Wed, 6 Mar
10:00 - 1:00
Leesburg Library
Walk-In's Welcome
Open to all
Board Meeting
Friday, 8 Mar
1:15 - 2:15pm
Members Welcome!
Saturday, 9 Mar
10:30 - 11:30 am
"Jumping the Pond: Connecting Immigrants to their Homeland,
1870-1930s "
Mary Roddy
Open to all.
Military Records & Research SIG
Monday, 11 Mar
1:30 - 2:45pm
Open to all!
Genealogy Help
Wed, 13 Mar
10:00 - 1:00
Leesburg Library
Walk-In's Welcome
Open to all
Family Tree Maker SIG (Daytime)
Wed, 13 Mar
11:00am - 12:00pm
All are welcome!
Family Tree Maker SIG (Evening)
Thur, 14 Mar
7:00 - 8:00pm
Open to all.
FTM Course (Daytime)
Fri, 15 Mar
11:00 - 12:30pm
Open to all!
Black Family History SIG (1900 - 1950)
Saturday, 16 Mar
10:00 - 11:00am
Open to all!
FTM Course (Evening)
Tue, 19 Mar
7:00 - 8:30pm
Free & Open to All!
Post-Op SIG
Thur, 21 Mar
1:30 - 2:30pm
Open to all!