As volunteers with Fermanagh Genealogy….
WHAT DO WE DO?
We man the centre in pairs on a rota system, currently on Monday’s Wednesdays and Thursdays. Each day is run by a team of four volunteers who alternate the weeks between them — one lead/experienced volunteer and one assistant/learning volunteer. On each day there are three 30min slots that visitors can pre book online or book on the day at reception to seek assistance from us. We are hoping to expand this service shortly to include Tuesdays and Fridays as well. We do not open on any Bank Holidays and have a week off in July and four weeks off in December/January. We do not have to deal with people who just drop in unless we are free and able to do so, they can be directed to posting queries on our Face Book Page, that is manned by other volunteers, they can post email enquiries via our Museum website page at: http://www.enniskillencastle.co.uk/explore-more/fermanagh-genealogy-centre/ or they can complete a questionnaire sheet that can be answered when a volunteer is free. We offer a free signposting service to locations in Fermanagh plus useful information on Fermanagh records for visitors own research, along with a friendly face to talk to, of course. For those requiring more detailed/expert genealogical assistance we direct our visitors towards our associate professional genealogists but they will usually charge for their time.
WHAT DO WE GIVE?
Our free time but we are not generally asked to do more than two afternoons a month in the centre, we can do more if we are able & willing to help cover absentees & holidays. We can help out answering email enquiries or face book posts from home, if we are capable & have an interest; helping with this work is very good for knowledge practice. We will soon be able to receive training to get involved in the transcription of useful Fermanagh Records, when policies and procedures are in place.
WHAT DO WE RECEIVE?
As a registered volunteer we enjoy a friendly non taxing activity, learning new information and skills, while meeting lots of interesting people from all over the globe. We have access to some of the main genealogical sites, to help direct our visitor enquiries to records that may help them with their research however this facility can also help our own research. We have volunteer meetings eight times a year on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 in Fermanagh House where we meet socially to discuss our service and do some training. We also have a couple of social events organised each year, usually a summer trip out and a Christmas dinner.
We all feel part of a very friendly team, who take great pride in having developed our centre to provide a very useful service to our community and across the world. We also make lots and lots of new friends.
WHY NOT SIGN UP TODAY, MAKE NEW FRIENDS & HAVE SOME FUN