Family Tree Research Services
For those with English/Welsh origins we are able to offer a service since the resumption of document orders in government departments. However, due to new shop orders for research, you will find some items ‘out of stock’ and they will remain so until we have cleared those projects. We still expect to encounter delays for other document delivery services so there may still be DELAYS to our delivery to you. We strongly advise against ordering a research package for a specific birthday etc.
For those who wish for us to trace their Scottish family trees, record offices and archives have partially reopened. This partial opening affects us during the initial stages of research because we cannot access the necessary documents for the period 1920 – present without major delays.
GENEALOGY EXPERIENCES (Updated 06 October 2021)
From the outset we have been flexible with regards to expiry dates on our genealogy gift experience vouchers.
If you had a voucher that had not expired before 23rd March 2020, your voucher is extended for 15 months, e.g. your original voucher expires on 10 October 2020 and with the 15 month extension it now expires on 10 March 2022.
We have now implemented a rolling expiry date meaning that your voucher will be extended in increments of six months if necessary after the initial 15 month period has expired. We will cease issuing 6 month rolling expiry dates after 31st December 2021.
To obtain a 6 month extended date you must contact us in writing (do not phone). Visit our Contact Us page and use the form if necessary.
Once you have contacted us, you will receive by email your extended date.
Please note though we have a ‘Force Majeure’ in place – see below.
Booking a Genealogy Experience
You can now make a booking. Booking slots are opening from October onwards, but please be aware your genealogy experience will not take place at an archive or library.
Instead we are currently using the historic Sloane Club/Place among other venues for our genealogy experiences.
We expect to resume using a London archive for genealogy experiences in early 2022. If you prefer to be at an archive for your genealogy experience, let us know and we will accommodate you.
Two of the venues we are currently using for Genealogy Experiences….
Good News –
Voucher – you can now exchange your genealogy experience for a voucher (see below under Refunds).
As part of our Terms & Conditions we have a clause called a ‘Force Majeure’ which basically means an Act of God or ‘any other matter or cause beyond the control of Family History Gifts’. This clause has now been enacted.
What this means is that as a Force Majeure event has occurred, we at Family History Gifts are solely limited to providing the customer with a gift experience of some kind, not necessarily what is advertised.
As time progresses we will monitor the situation with regards to record offices and the relaxation of the rules, but it might eventually be necessary to change how the genealogy experiences are conducted.
Naturally we will do our very best to provide the full ‘as advertised’ experience, but due to the circumstances beyond our control, we may eventually have to consider other options.
Because the Force Majeure was already in place as part of the Terms & Conditions when the buyer purchased the genealogy experience, there are no refunds for genealogy experiences due to COVID.
Instead you have the following options open to you:
- Take the 15 month extended expiry date cited above,
- Sell the genealogy experience with extended expiry date (all we need to know is the name of the buyer).
- Exchange your genealogy experience for a voucher which can be used with any of our products/services in our shop.
If you wish to exchange your genealogy experience for a voucher to cover other services, contact us by email with a request. Here are the services available to you:
- Online genealogy experience (all you require is a webcam) with research & advice session.
- Research and advice from a professional genealogist – if you are stuck with one area of your family tree we can undertake research for you and offer advice.
- Printing your tree.
- Tidying your tree and arranging it in the correct format complete with academic level citations.
- Digitising your tree from paper notes.
- Writing up your tree into a narrative and perform accuracy checks as we go.
- Beginner’s Online Genealogy Experience – equivalent to Getting Started With Your Family Tree (Webcam required).