WINNSBORO — The Fairfield Genealogical Society celebrated an active year and welcomed Mike Bucknell, president of the S.C. Genealogical Society, to its annual meeting at the Fairfield Cove.
Brent Holcomb, an author, speaker and researcher, spoke to the group about ancestral research and noted how there is nothing like a good family land squabble to help genealogical researchers.
Squabbles from the past meant legal records were kept and from that documentation insight can be gleaned as to one’s heritage and ancestry, provided one knows how to look for the documents. Holcomb presented an entertaining case study of genealogy in Fairfield County.
Pelham Lyles spoke of the progress the group is making and how its collection benefits the Fairfield County Museum. She said the society helps share the community with the rest of the state and nation by its efforts to assist with research.
Mary Lynn Kinely outlined plans she and Councilman David Brown are forming to use some of the $500,000 allocated to each of their districts to construct a facility for document storage and where the society can be located.
“Recreation is important and education is important. This society is what people do for recreation and doubles as a way to educate the public,” Lyles said.
Awards were given to volunteer of the year John Davis and officer of the year Linda Frazier. Other members were recognized for their service, as was community member Virginia Schafer who typed up all of the slave narratives contained in the museum as part of her contribution to area historical research.
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