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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Proud to partner with the Leesburg Public Library
in offering genealogy and family history programs.
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MEMBERS: check your spam file for the May Update. 

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!

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. 






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 will be posted soon!
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.


1950 Census Project

Helping to index the 1950 census will be easy to do.
Ancestry created the software to read the handwriting from the 1950 census pages and Family Search will display the results on their website. Volunteers will look at the handwriting and the results from the Ancestry software and make any necessary corrections, then sign off that the index is correct. The only skill required is the ability to read and type.
KINSEEKERS and PASTFINDERS GenSocs are working together on the Lake County, Florida portion of the 1950 Census. (You can also choose another location or specific surname.) Interested in helping or learning more about the project? Email us: 

Genealogy Help

10:00 am - 1:00 pm (Eastern Time)
In-person, Leesburg Public Library 
We're excited to announce GenHelp is back!
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.


14-Class Course on Family Tree Maker

Started 7 Jan, 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.
Members & Non-Members: Register by emailing
Registered? Check your spam for new course link sent on 18 Jan.
This course is separate from the FTM Special Interest Group (SIG).

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

Military Records Special Interest Group

1st Mondays, 1:30 - 2:30 (Eastern Time) via Zoom
Led by KB Barcomb
Researching a U.S. military ancestor?  Bring your questions. This SIG is here to help! 
Next session: June meeting is being rescheduled. Date TBA soon! 
Primary June Topic: TBA
The discussion includes a brief overview of resources, followed by a mini-case study. 


Latest News
All our programs are via Zoom,
except GenHelp.
Support our Programming
1950 Census Project!
Help make a fully indexed version of the 1950 Census available! See details on our home page.
Genealogy Help is Back!
Every Wednesday
10am - 1pm
Leesburg Library
(Genealogy Area)
Walk-in. Free.
(Events are Eastern Time)
May Program
Saturday, 14 May
10:30 - 11:45am
"Spinning a
Story Using
Sanborn Maps"
Presented by
Jane Neff Rollins

Open to all!
WikiTree Discussion Group
Monday, 16 May
1:30 - 2:30pm

Open to all!
Family Tree Maker Course
Friday, 20 May
10:00 - 11:30am
Session Ten

Open to all!
Best Practices Study Group (Members Only)
Monday, 23 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm
(Must be a study group member)
Family Tree Maker SIG
Wed, 25 May
10:00 - 11:00am
Open to all.
Family Tree Maker Course
Friday, 3 Jun
10:00 - 11:30am

Open to all!
Board Meeting
Friday, 3 Jun

Members Welcome!
Family Tree Maker SIG
Wed, 8 Jun
10:00 - 11:00am
Open to all.
June Double Header
Saturday, 11 Jun
9:30 - 12:00
"Researching Troubled Times"

Presentations by
Beth Stahr &
Gena Philibert-Ortega

Open to all!
Family Tree Maker Course
Friday, 17 Jun
10:00 - 11:30am

Open to all!
Military Records SIG
Monday, 20 Jun
Topic: TBA

Open to all!
Family Tree Maker SIG
Wed, 22 Jun
10:00 - 11:00am
Open to all.