Vynettes Visit to Ireland
In May of 2009, a lady by the name of Vynette Sage visited Fermanagh as a guest of the Fermanagh family History Society. Vynette is very very well known to Fermanagh researchers, I myself have gained tons of information from her databases and transcriptions that for years she has produced and given away on cd, free of charge to people like myself.
I belong to a wonderful Genealogy website called 'Fermanagh Gold', Vynette quite often is on there offering help to people and emailing us when she transcribes her latest works and then sending them to us all via email. We were all very excited about her visit and several people from the Fermanagh gold website actually met up with her in Fermanagh and showed her the sites of interest while she was there.
I have had lots of people emailing me this past week, sharing their experiences and photo's of Vynette's time in Fermanagh , I will on the following pages break this down into each day that she stayed.
Fermanagh Herald Newspaper article
Family history group's AGM
The Fermanagh Family History Society is holding its first annual general meeting this Saturday, 16th May at 2.15pm in Enniskillen Library.
The Society is now the second largest family history society in Northern Ireland, with 72 branches and affiliated overseas members. It is part of the North of Ireland Family History Society.
To celebrate its first birthday, they have invited along Vynette Sage, from Arizona, America, to their AGM.
Frank McHugh, the Secretary of the Fermanagh Family History Society, explained that Vynette had done so much for Fermanagh Genealogy.
"She has transcribed many original resources, and her collection of databases now extends to almost 450 files. She also encouraged other people to transcribe Fermanagh resources and donate them to the Fermanagh Gold Genealogy Forum.
"These databases are publicly available on the Internet, free of charge. Through her generosity, Vynette has given many people access to the history of Fermanagh people, allowing individuals to research their family history from all corners of the globe. Many of these individuals have subsequently visited Fermanagh as genealogy tourists."
Although Vynette had never been to Fermanagh, her roots (Fosters) rest in Newtownbutler. With her permission, the Society embarked on a fundraising campaign to facilitate her visit.
"We managed to raise over £1,000 both locally," Frank explained, "and on the Fermanagh Gold Genealogy Forum. Despite difficult times financially, many people donated funds and this is a testament to the affection that Vynette's generosity has inspired. Not only has she given her time freely, but she has sent her Fermanagh Databases CD to over 800 people and organisations worldwide. We feel honoured that Vynette is able to come to Fermanagh."
A retired A&E nurse, she has been invited to the Townhall by Fermanagh District Council to a Chairman's Reception as a formal public recognition of her efforts in widening access to Fermanagh Genealogy resources.