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Genealogical Society needs help from the public

First Posted: 9:31 am - December 16th, 2015

By James Inabinet - jinabinet@civitasmedia.com



This is a model of a cabin that could be found in Fairfield County generations ago.
James Inabinet | The Herald Independent
The Country Store Exhibit at the Fairfield County Museum includes many artifacts that are related to the way things used to be done.
James Inabinet | The Herald Independent
This portrait is one of several that can be found throughout the Fairfield County Museum.
James Inabinet | The Herald Independent
This piece of Native American pottery, circa 1100, is on display at the Fairfield County Museum.
James Inabinet | The Herald Independent
Current needs include a microfilm reader/printer/digitizer, scanner/printer/digitizer, and funds to cover the labor to convert records using the equipment.
James Inabinet | The Herald Independent
These are the clock hands that were once used on the Town Clock.
James Inabinet | The Herald Independent
The Fairfield County Genealogical Society has a considerable collection of documents, photos, books and family records dating back to the 1600’s and much of it is available for public research.
James Inabinet | The Herald Independent
These are some of the records that need to be digitized at the Fairfield County Museum.
James Inabinet | The Herald Independent
A model of the Town Clock is on display at the Fairfield County Museum on Congress Street.
James Inabinet | The Herald Independent
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WINNSBORO — The Fairfield County Genealogical Society has several ongoing projects and wants to get the community involved.

The organization has a considerable collection of documents, photos, books and family records dating back to the 1600’s and much of it is available for public research.

Eddie Killian, president of the FCGS, is spearheading an effort to digitize the various records on file from court records to family scrapbooks. Because they are largely funded by donations, the costs for some of the equipment necessary is prohibitive.

Killian said the organization has reached out to and partnered with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The church has long been at the forefront of genealogy and runs the website Ancestry.com.

While the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been helpful, there is still a need for the public to get involved. Current needs include a microfilm reader/printer/digitizer, scanner/printer/digitizer, and funds to cover the labor to convert records using the equipment.

Killian estimated the cost for the project to be around $25,000 and to date has been able to raise around a third of that amount.

Another project currently underway is The Freedmen’s Bureau Project which aims to connect African Americans with their Civil War-era ancestors.

Because many slave families were separated, it has become difficult at times to track one’s family tree during the time period. This project aims to find and index records from the time period in an effort to provide valuable information for family research.

The Fairfield County Genealogical Society has been able to coordinate with The Freedmen’s Bureau Project and even provide valuable records. This is another project that the public can help with, though the need is more for volunteers than finances.

For more information about the FCGS, visit the Fairfield County Museum on Congress Street in Winnsboro. For more information about specific projects, contact Eddie Killian at robertekillian@yahoo.com or Frances O’Neal at francesleeoneal@gmail.com, or visit their website, www.fairfieldgenealogical.org.

This is a model of a cabin that could be found in Fairfield County generations ago.
http://heraldindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_GenealogyCabinModel.jpgThis is a model of a cabin that could be found in Fairfield County generations ago. James Inabinet | The Herald Independent

The Country Store Exhibit at the Fairfield County Museum includes many artifacts that are related to the way things used to be done.
http://heraldindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_GenealogyCountryStoreExhibit.jpgThe Country Store Exhibit at the Fairfield County Museum includes many artifacts that are related to the way things used to be done. James Inabinet | The Herald Independent

This portrait is one of several that can be found throughout the Fairfield County Museum.
http://heraldindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_GenealogyMuseumSeeds.jpgThis portrait is one of several that can be found throughout the Fairfield County Museum. James Inabinet | The Herald Independent

This piece of Native American pottery, circa 1100, is on display at the Fairfield County Museum.
http://heraldindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_GenealogyNativeAmericanPotterycirca1100.jpgThis piece of Native American pottery, circa 1100, is on display at the Fairfield County Museum. James Inabinet | The Herald Independent

Current needs include a microfilm reader/printer/digitizer, scanner/printer/digitizer, and funds to cover the labor to convert records using the equipment.
http://heraldindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_GenealogyNeedsEquipment.jpgCurrent needs include a microfilm reader/printer/digitizer, scanner/printer/digitizer, and funds to cover the labor to convert records using the equipment. James Inabinet | The Herald Independent

These are the clock hands that were once used on the Town Clock.
http://heraldindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_GenealogyOldTownClockHands.jpgThese are the clock hands that were once used on the Town Clock. James Inabinet | The Herald Independent

The Fairfield County Genealogical Society has a considerable collection of documents, photos, books and family records dating back to the 1600’s and much of it is available for public research.
http://heraldindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_GenealogyRecords01.jpgThe Fairfield County Genealogical Society has a considerable collection of documents, photos, books and family records dating back to the 1600’s and much of it is available for public research. James Inabinet | The Herald Independent

These are some of the records that need to be digitized at the Fairfield County Museum.
http://heraldindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_GenealogyRecords02.jpgThese are some of the records that need to be digitized at the Fairfield County Museum. James Inabinet | The Herald Independent

A model of the Town Clock is on display at the Fairfield County Museum on Congress Street.
http://heraldindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_GenealogyTownClockModel.jpgA model of the Town Clock is on display at the Fairfield County Museum on Congress Street. James Inabinet | The Herald Independent

By James Inabinet

jinabinet@civitasmedia.com

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