WINNSBORO — Fairfield County’s Genealogical Society is not only making a social impact, but an economic impact as well.
Genealogy Society director Eddie Killian recently updated the Fairfield County chapter of its success during the past year and presented members with a host of stats during the society’s annual membership meeting Thursday night at the Fairfield Cove restaurant.
In Oct. of 2013 visitation saw a significant jump at Fairfield County’s museum.
According to figures provided by the museum’s sign-in sheet, visitation numbers have seen a drastic change since last year. Numbers ranging from 200 visitors per month have seen an increase to nearly 300 visitors per month in June and July.
It is estimated that visitors due to the museum generates an economic impact of $46,900 per month and nearly $400,000 per year.
This year’s featured speaker at the annual meeting was Wade Fairey — the creator of the Roots and Recall website. Based out of Rock Hill, the site is used for local tours, educational purposes and provides a venue to preserve family images, stories and information. It was designed to draw attention to the importance of linking genealogy and family history to one specific address.
The site contains over 12,000 pages of property and family history with over 150,000 photos available for viewing.
Fairey noted that the site has made an impact on the preservation of history and recently branched out to provide videos of select properties.
Videos will show historic sites, the home owners and tell stories behind the property.
Fairey said that Roots and Recall is currently covering eight counties in South Carolina, but is working to expand to Lancaster, Richland and Lexington soon.
“We should be in at least five more counties by the end of the year,” he noted.
Fairfield County is the second highest user of the site, with York County taking the top spot.
The Fairfield County Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society promotes genealogy through education of its members and assists in the researching of Fairfield County ancestors.
The group conducts educational programs and conferences to explore cultural, genealogical and historical topics, as well as disseminating biographical information to the general public.
Fairfield County Councilwoman Mary Lynn Kinley attended the annual meeting and announced that the county’s plans to build a a genealogy room is just on the horizon. She specified that the room will be built behind the museum.
“Everyone in the Fairfield County Genealogy Society have done a stellar job the last two years in getting this program going,” she stated. “We are very excited to do that and we’re very proud of what y’all are doing. It’s a team effort and that’s what it takes.”
To check the history of your property or a property of interest, visit www.rootsandrecall.com.