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Family History to 1850
Family History to 1850

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Family History to 1850

Model Number: Fam-8
Our new product for Autumn 2017 is a starter family history for One Surname. A great gift for anyone who is interesting in beginning to explore their roots.

You or the gift recipient will need to complete an Application Form. The Application Form must be submitted to us before the expiry date. The expiry date is six months after purchase date.

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A one-time price of £277.00 will be added to your order.
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Due to limited delivery of documents from government departments expect some DELAYS to our delivery to you. We are unable to supply this research package for a specific date e.g. birthday etc., and if a delivery date is provided with order, we are currently ignoring these requests because they are not viable.

Delivery times may be extended by as much as four weeks above our published time frame. Please keep this in mind at all times and be flexible.


This research will trace the gift recipient's family tree and write their family history for one surname back to circa 1850.

It will include the research and history, including life stories, of one family surname. If you would like more than one surname family history researched and written, you can choose to Add a Surname from the options menu above. Once you have ordered, you will be invited to specify which surnames you would like researched on your Application Form. If you do decide to add another surname, please keep in mind this will double the research time required to complete the final report.

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Answers to the following questions are provided below. Click on a question to find out more:

What do we mean by One Surname?
Who else does it include?
Can you find out more than names and dates?
What's included in the price?
What's not included in the price?
Will the gift recipient receive research updates?
How long does the research take?
Gift Day - what date should I provide?
In which countries do you research?
Can the gift recipient work on the family tree with you?
What information do I need to start if I am buying for a gift recipient?
Gift Voucher Presentation Pack
How do I make a payment?
What are the Shipping Costs?
Should I read the Terms and Conditions?
I've ordered a tree now what?  

What do we mean by One Surname?
Your family can be divided into surnames, so for instance you have two parents- this is two surnames, four grandparents - this is four surnames; you have eight great grandparents so this is eight surnames; 16 great great grandparents equals sixteen surnames! This family history research and writing package concentrates on one of those surnames. It will trace, say, the gift recipient's father, his father, his father and so on back to 1850.


Who else does it include?
While the one surname line is being traced back through the father's line, the research and history will find out who they married and when they married. Where possible, the wife's year of birth and death is discovered and her parents' names are traced. The children of the couple are also found including their full names, dates and places of birth (where possible), and for the older children, their professions are included.


Can you find out more than names and dates?
Yes we will search the following records to learn more about these people and write a narrative of their lives: a few 20th century records where possible;  birth/baptism and marriage records; some death/burial records if the budget allows; WW1 records when service papers can be traced and are still extant; census records; newspapers; criminal records  These resources will show where the ancestors married and the religion they worshipped, their occupations, their movements across the country, whether they were literate and could write their name, where they may have served during WW1 and in which regiment(s), whether they were disabled, and if they were criminals or in court. Sometimes rather than criminals, we find instances where ancestors were heroes and come to the aid of another individual. Some records also contain physical descriptions. We do not search beyond the above records for this particular package.


What's included in the price? (Click here for sample pages from a recent report)

        • All of the research outlined above to 1850 amounting to 12.5 hours of research, analysis of documentation, and writing
        • Accessing and purchasing documents on your/the gift recipient's behalf and providing citations, transcriptions, and references
        • A beautiful dark green spring back hardback folder to hold your/the gift recipient's report and documents for display and safe-keeping
        • A family narrative telling the story of the surname or surnames chosen 
        • A genealogical narrative outlining the names and important dates of all the individuals researched
        • Historical and contextual background relating to your/the gift recipient's ancestors such as attending school in the 19th century or what it was like to work in their particular occupations
        • Birth/baptism, marriage, and burial records (where possible)
        • Census records/transcriptions with names of roads and villages where your/the gift recipient's ancestors lived
        • Photos and maps of where your/the gift recipient's ancestors lived where possible
        • Surname distribution map pointing to the original orgins of the surname
        • Surname meaning and origin
        • An A3 pull-out hourglass tree

What's not included in the price?
Research from 1950 to present day. Also, since the implementation of the GDPR, we have allowed buyers and gift recipients to include living relatives on their family tree if they could supply consent by signature.

We have discovered this is unworkable, sometimes waiting months to receive all the signatures back.

It is therefore with regret we can no longer offer this service. We can allow some living individuals to be included on the family tree by using the Legitimate Interest exception.


Legitimate Interest Exceptions
For Legitimate Interest purposes, we can include the following living individuals (GDPR currently only affects the living, so deceased persons can be included automatically) on your or the gift recipient's family tree:

  • Parents
  • Siblings (but not their spouses or descendants).
  • Blood-related aunts and uncles (but not their spouses or descendants).
  • Grandparents.
  • Blood-related great aunts and uncles (but not their spouses or descendants).


Will the gift recipient receive research updates?
We do not provide email, letter or phone updates… we think that's boring! Much better to allow the gift recipient to login to their private family tree viewing area whenever they want and view their new ancestors! They will be able to instantly see all the new ancestors we've discovered. This is an exciting addition to our services.

The gift recipient will need to have an email address to use the family tree login area, alternatively they can nominate a member of their family.


How long does the research take?
On average about 2-3 months (per surname) after we have received your Application Form. This does not include Bank Holidays or seasonal holidays such as Christmas or Easter. Please allow extra time for these holidays. Also consider the following factors:

        • Not one family is the same as another
        • Historical research is unpredictable – it is not possible to know in advance where it will lead or whether it will be straightforward
        • To achieve a high standard of research, a genealogist needs time to search through all the necessary records in order to overcome hurdles and uncover the correct ancestors. At Family History Gifts we use the Genealogical Proof Standard and this requires a great deal of dedication.
        • Imagine going to the library to find out information about something you know nothing about and being asked to predict in advance exactly how long the task will take you?
        • With this in mind, 2-3 months is an estimate and not definite. 

  If you have a fast approaching gift day talk to us before you order. A priority service is available at 50% or 100% fast turnaround fee. Alternatively you may like to give the gift recipient the Gift Voucher Presentation Pack (see below).


Gift Day - what date should I provide?
Please do not supply the actual gift day whether it is a birthday or an anniversary etc. You will need the final report a few days before the event so please supply a date at least five business days before actual gift day. 


In which countries do you research?
We research in England, Scotland, and Wales for this package. We do not research overseas. If you require Irish research please see our Irish Family History to 1850.


Can the gift recipient work on the family tree with you?
Once the Application Form has been completed and sent to us, we will decide all research methods and stages. As a consequence it is not possible for the gift recipient to work on researching the family tree with us. Please see our Terms & Conditions, section 3. Your tree – controlling the Research.


What information do I need to start if I am buying for a gift recipient?
You will need to supply the gift recipient's full name, date and place of birth, father's full name and mother's full name including mother's maiden name. If you can supply parent's dates and places of birth and marriage this will save you money in the long run.


Gift Voucher Pack

Gift Voucher Presentation Pack
Once you have purchased the Family History to 1850, you will receive a Gift Voucher Presentation Pack. The pack contains a gift voucher and information explaining our service. The presentation pack can be given to the gift recipient on the gift day and they can complete the Application Form online to start the family tree research process. The Gift Voucher has an expiry date of six months - the Application Form must be submitted within this period. Gift Voucher packs are dispatched within 48 business hours.


How do I make a payment?
To order, pay by credit/debit card using the following options:
a. Direct from our site. We do not capture or keep any of your card details on our servers.
b. By PayPal. Please note it is not necessary to be a member of PayPal to use it. Please select PayPal as your payment option, complete the Checkout process, and enter your credit/debit card details on the PayPal payment page.


What are the Shipping Costs?
Delivery costs of £9.00 for delivery of final report and documents via Royal Mail Special Delivery will be added to your order when paying in full. If you wish to have the final report delivered on a Saturday there is a £5.00 addition charge.


Should I read the Terms and Conditions?
Our Terms and Conditions are not very long and we do recommend that you read them before agreeing to them. Please note that vouchers are not transferable to other services and that we will not supply a service for an expired voucher under any circumstances. Please make sure the gift recipient uses it by the expiry date!


I've ordered a tree now what

        • You will receive the Gift Voucher Presentation Pack
        • Then,

 Gather information about gift recipient and their parents including full names, dates and places of birth, dates of marriage etc. 

Proceed to the Application Form and submit. Once we have received your Application Form we will email the provided email address in acknowledgement and possibly discuss the form with you. We will then notify you about the next steps.  

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