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Family Tree Gift Experience: Getting Started With Your Family Tree
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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 at the home of genealogy: The Society of Genealogists. 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. This Gift Experience is suitable for gift recipients with British origins, it does not cover overseas research.
On the Day
The day starts with a visit to a coffee shop to chat 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 over to the Society of Genealogists 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 elementary foundations of genealogy and not suitable for those with some knowledge of methods. Those with some 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 outside the Barbican Station, City of London.
Morning: one-to-one discussion and chat: discuss aims and objects of research.
Afternoon visit to the Society of Genealogists to look at available resources.
One-to-one discussion with a genealogist.
Morning Coffee and cake.
Society of Genealogist’s entrance fee.
Lunch and dinner.
Maximum Number of People
NEW This day is designed for one person, but the gift recipient can be accompanied by one family member or friend for £25. This fee includes coffee/cake and entrance into the Society of Genealogists.
Not suitable 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.
The Society of Genealogists has limited open hours. For this gift day, you/gift recipient will need to be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Guidelines for entrance to The Society of Genealogists
Most record offices have rules and the Society of Genealogists is no exception. You/gift recipient will be entering the Society 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
Gift Voucher Terms and Conditions
Gift vouchers and certificates are valid until the expiry date. Expired vouchers and certificates are non-refundable and any service bought with an expired voucher or certificate cannot be supplied by Family History Gifts.
Please book and use your voucher before the expiry date.
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.
To order by phone please call 07788647670 and have your debit card ready.
What happens after you place an order
We will send you a Gift Voucher Presentation Pack. This is usually sent out within 48 hours (excluding weekends and bank holidays).
Booking your Gift Experience
You or the gift recipient can book the gift day online by clicking on Book Family History Gifts. Please note we have a limited number of days available during our busy season from October to December.
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.
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.