We are a small business based in Greater London. All our work is highly specialised and produced by three people; this means we research your family history, write your reports, answer your emails and telephone calls, design the website, market and maintain the business between the three of us!
Our first forays into the world of family history began when we started to research our own family trees back in 1985/86; between us we have combined experience of 54 years! We are still as enthusiastic as ever about ancestry and family history and working on your family tree means that your ancestors and surnames become as important to us as our own.
We believe in very high standards, we have been taught well – see below. All family trees and family histories researched by us are verified through evidence and documentation. All work is original and comes with a genealogy research guarantee which means that wherever possible proof of ancestry is provided and our work is of the highest quality.
Please read our legitimate Testimonials for an illustration of our customer satisfaction.
Studied at University of Strathclyde and has a Post Graduate Certificate in Genealogy, Palaeography and Heraldic Studies. She also learnt genealogical methods through reference library based work, learning about access to resources, databases and bibliographies. She is a trained cataloguer and has organised access to materials and data heirarchies for libraries. She has taken courses in genealogy and social history and is currently writing a niche genealogy guide to assist family historians with their research. She is the founder and director of ‘Family History Gifts’ and the director of two other high profile family tree based websites.
She is not concerned with how far back she can trace her ancestry, but learning about who her ancestors were.
This new section will list current personal development courses and lectures we have attended or are currently undertaking:
- PG Cert, Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies, University of Strathclyde – “impressive… submission, research work and your web page”
- Genealogy business – lecture, Dr. Bruce Durie
- The myth of brick walls and bulletproofing your research – lecture, Dr. Iain Macdonald
- National Archives – Palaeography
- Records of the Great Courts: Chancery, Exchequer, etc. – lecture, Michael Gandy
- Genetic genealogy and the history of surnames – lecture Dr. Iain McDonald.
- Advanced DNA – lecture Dr. Iain McDonald.
Coming soon – a series of free online genealogy courses.
One-to-One with a Genealogist
Spend a day with a genealogist. We will get you started on your genealogy journey or assist with your ancestry problems.
If you require assistance with your research, why not request a consultation? Meetings can be arranged in person or by Skype.
“Before going to Family History Gifts my Grandmother had made many attempts at researching her family history however each time never got very far. For her 80th Birthday my family and I decided to group together and organised a research package 2 as her birthday present.
“Although it seemed a little expensive at first, as the research begins you realise the shear amount of work and effort they put in to make sure they don’t miss a pebble unturned in the chaos of family heritage. As the research progresses you get constant updates informing you of new findings and you can send it photographs which can be added to your final book.
“Finally when the report is done you get a fantastic document that becomes invaluable to your family which can be passed on for generations. Thank you to everyone at Family History Gifts who made this process so effortless. Well Done!”
I gave Family History Gifts a big request in a small time frame, but not only did they manage to complete it they done so in a thorough, professional and highly efficient way, my finished family tree proved a great hit with all my relatives over Christmas!”
"This is second time I have used this service. I had tried to research my paternal grandmother's family myself but got stuck very quickly. I was really impressed with the detail and evidence provided by Michelle. ”
"The team was thorough in its search and thank you michelle for your understanding with the lack of information I had for you to research considering that it was an excellent report, will use again soon.”