Family Tree Gift Experience: Getting Started With Your Family Tree
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Family Tree Gift Experience: Getting Started With Your Family Tree
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Due to COVID19 we are currently providing a 15 MONTH expiry date on all genealogy experiences rather than our usual 12 MONTHS.
Getting Started With Your Family Tree Gift Experience
You/gift recipient are invited to London to learn the first steps of researching your family tree. You will be accompanied by your own personal genealogist, who will guide you through the process of collecting information from family, arranging information, searching for relatives online, using databases, and search methods. You will look at documents and learn how to interpret information from them, revealing small details about your family.
Finally, get ready for a practical search session where we may even be able to find your ancestors in the public records!
Does it cover overseas research?
No, however we can give some general advice about how tackle overseas research.
This Gift Experience is suitable for gift recipients researching in Britain, it does not include overseas research including British citizens born overseas.
If you or the gift recipient has Scottish origins then you will need to purchase credits at ScotlandsPeople in advance of the day.
This is because the Scottish government do not licence their records to third parties and therefore their records cannot be accessed for free at English archives or at other repositories outside of Scotland.
On the Day
The day starts with chat over a tea/coffee/cake about records available to family historians. The second session gives the gift recipient an opportunity to play a fun practical game of genealogy problem solving. The third session discusses and maps the gift recipient's family tree using oral history. Then it's time to begin searching the family tree, looking at websites available, and exploring the best methods for researching a tree accurately.
Beginners - those who have never undertaken family tree research. This gift experience starts with the gift recipient and works back through their parents and then their grandparents etc.
It covers the elementary foundations of genealogy and it is not suitable for those with some knowledge of methods or who have been given a family tree by another member of their family.
Those with some genealogy experience may wish to try our Research Day.
Details of day
Day starts at 10:30 am and finishes at 3:00 pm.
- Meeting point is at 10:30 am outside the Barbican Station, City of London (Hammersmith & City, Circle, and Metropolitan lines) for gift experiences on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
- Meeting point is at 10:30 am outside the Gloucester Road Station, Kensington (Circle, and District lines) for gift experiences on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.
- Meeting point is at 10:30 am outside the Farringdon Underground Station, City of London (Hammersmith & City, Circle, and Metropolitan lines) for gift experiences on other week days.
Once gift recipient has booked, they will be informed by email of the meeting point.
Morning: one-to-one discussion and chat over a coffee/tea/cake: discuss aims and objects of research.
Afternoon of research looking at available resources.
One-to-one discussion with a genealogist,
Morning Coffee and cake,
Lunch and dinner.
Maximum Number of People
This day is designed for one person. If the gift recipient wishes for someone to keep them company, choose Optional Second Person (£30) from the Options above. Please note due to limited space at some archives/libraries, it may not be possible for the Optional Second Person to stay with the gift recipient at all times. There are other floors within the building for the Optional Second Person to visit including the comfy Common Room should over-crowding in the research area be an issue.
Where no Optional Second Person has been purchased, anyone travelling with the gift recipient will be required to leave them at the meeting point.
No more than two people at a time.
Not for individuals under 16.
What to bring
Lunch. Alternatively buy from one of the sandwich shops in the area.
Pencils, but leave your pens and erasers at home.
Details of your family. We suggest mapping out your family tree on a piece of paper, writing down the information you know about each relative.
Leave any valuables at home.
Due to the limited opening hours of the record offices/archives/libraries/other venues, the gift recipient will need to be flexible. This gift experience therefore might be unsuitable for some gift recipients.
If Genealogy Experience is at an Archive - Guidelines for entering Archives
Most record offices have rules. You/gift recipient may be entering a record office on the day - please respect its rules:
- No food and drink in the library only in the eating area
- No pens only pencils allowed in the library
- No mobile phones in the library
- No rucksacks or large bags
- Bags are not allowed in the library and must be placed in a locker
No cameras or laptops in the library unless by prior arrangement.
IMPORTANT - You/Gift Recipient and optional accompanying friend or family member will need to bring the following:
A photo ID
Proof of address
Once gift recipient has booked, we will inform them in an email if this is necessary. It is only necessary when entering an archive.
Making Your 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 happens after you place an order
We will send you a Gift Voucher Presentation Pack with a 12 month voucher. This is usually sent out within 48 hours (excluding weekends and bank holidays).
Booking the day
After you have placed your order, you or the gift recipient can book the day online by visiting Book Your Gift Experience. Please note October, November, December are often fully booked, please plan and book well in advance.
Gift Voucher Terms and Conditions
The Gift Voucher for this experience is valid for 12 months after the purchase. Gift Experiences must be booked and completed before the expiry date. We will not fulfil the Gift Experience after the voucher has expired under any circumstances.
The buyer is responsible for making sure the gift recipient is aware of:
- The Expire Date printed on the voucher and that the gift experience expires on the expiry date.
- That Family History Gifts is not legally obliged to provide the gift experience once the voucher has expired.
- That they will need to be flexible about days available due to record office opening hours (see above).
- That you will be agreeing to Terms & Conditions on their behalf and they must abide by them. (We recommend you print the T&C for them).
Refunds and Cancellations of Gift Experiences
If you wish to cancel an order for a Gift Experience you are required to do so within 14 days of purchase. To cancel within the 14 day period simply inform us in writing. Please allow 7 days for us to process your refund.
We cannot cancel or refund orders after 14 days or if you have booked a date for the gift experience within the 14 day period.
Rescheduling Your Booking
Due to COVID and the difficulties of accessing venues, it is not possible to cancel and reschedule a Genealogy Experience once a booking has been made. If a Genealogy Experience is booked and gift recipient can't attend for any reason, the experience will be lost and no refund will be given.
After a booking has been made, we will endeavour to accommodate any request you make to reschedule your booking. Any request must be made up to 21 business days before your chosen date; requests made within 21 business days of your chosen date are subject to a £30 admin fee. In either scenario we cannot guarantee that any alternative requirements will be met.
Cancellations by us
In the unfortunate event of illness or unforeseen circumstances, we reserve the right to reschedule any gift experience. Family History Gifts is unable to reimburse any expenses you may have occurred in relation to the cancelled event.