If you are still stuck for gift ideas, Ancestry by Heir Line has released two books, with more in the pipeline! They are both published by Amberley, publishers of non-fiction history titles, and are available to buy on Amazon, in Waterstones, and in all good book shops! Ideal gifts for history lovers everywhere!
Great Victorian Inventions: Novel Contrivances and Industrial Revolutions explores the weird, wonderful and long-forgotten inventions from the 19th century, and is illustrated with beautiful engravings.
The follow-up, Great Victorian Discoveries: Astounding Revelations and Misguided Assumptions takes a look at some of the most remarkable - and often laughable - discoveries that were made by the great minds of the Victorian era.
Both titles have been reviewed by national newspapers and magazines, with Books Monthly describing the inventions book as "one of Amberley's best titles to date"! Click here to read more about Heir Line's books; here for some recent book reviews and here for some reviews and newspaper features from 2014.
If you are looking for a perfect gift for somebody in your life who loves genealogy - perhaps they're an avid viewer of Who Do You Think You Are? - then our bespoke family history research report is the ideal solution!
We will spend a few hours (usually three, five or ten) looking into a specific area of the recipient's family history. We can either start from scratch, if they know relatively little about their own family tree, or from a given starting point. Maybe they have already begun tracing their family history and need a little assistance getting back a bit further in time, or perhaps they'd like to explore the life of an intriguing ancestor in more depth.
Our professional genealogists will then write a detailed, narrative and fully sourced report explaining their findings. This is illustrated with a family tree, and - if records are available - copies of some of the documents used to source the information.
Once complete, the report will be emailed to you, ready for you to present to the recipient. Alternatively, for a small additional charge, we will print the report and post it to you in one of our beautiful family history gift folders. These look like hand-bound books, but can be opened up so that more research can be added to the folder at a later date.
At the end of the report will be a list of "action points", highlighting other avenues of research that may be explored further.
What a perfect way to begin learning the story of your ancestry!
Want to know what your street looked like in the past? How has your city developed and changed over the years? Was your home once just a field in the middle of nowhere?
Ancestry by Heir Line can provide old historic maps, showing more or less anywhere in Britain, on various scales. Whether you are looking for a detailed street view, or a wider angle showing entire towns and cities, we can help.
Our historic maps make lovely ready-to-frame gifts, perfect for anyone who is difficult to buy for. They will also be of interest to keen family historians who would love to know where their ancestors used to live.
Dates range from the 1850s to the 1990s, and our maps look fantastic inside our Family History Storybooks!
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The professional genealogists at Ancestry by Heir Line can research your entire family history!
Firstly, pick one of our research packages. We have four options, depending on how much information you would like to discover. With each package, we aim to research the entire ancestry of a given number of grandparents. You can find out more about our research services by clicking here.
Then, once the research is complete, you can order one of our hand-bound, hardback Storybooks. These are the perfect way to display our findings.
Complete with your name in gold embossed lettering on the front and spine, the Storybook contains a wealth of information about the lives your ancestors led.
These beautiful books are an ideal way to document your family’s history, and can be read and enjoyed for generations to come.
Your research will be kept on file, should other members of your family like to order their own personalised copy of the Storybook. They make ideal gifts for those loved ones who are difficult to buy for, and provide a thrilling experience for all the family to share!
Click here to find out more about the books!
Most people will probably have an old box full of black & white and sepia family photographs that have been passed down through the generations.
If you are looking for something spectacular to do with them, then send them to us! We can enhance and restore old photographs that have been slightly damaged, and provide you with a brand new print (in any size) ready to frame. We even painstakingly transform old black & white or sepia photographs into colour, as if by magic!
This old photograph restoration work is all carried out by Ancestry by Heir Line’s in-house designer, Caroline Rochford, who is an extremely creative person with a first class degree in Graphic Arts & Design, and a superb eye for detail.
You can post the original prints to us if you wish, but we highly recommend sending high quality scans instead - this way, you do not run the risk of losing or damaging any original photographs in the post, which cannot be replaced. Most high street printing companies will be able to scan your photographs, if you do not have access to your own scanner.
Prices depend on your specific requirements, so please feel free to contact us and tell us about your project.
Why not have your family tree researched by the internationally acclaimed genealogists at Ancestry by Heir Line? Our findings can be printed onto high quality paper, ready to frame and display in your home for all your family and friends to admire. These beautiful prints make unique gifts for those special occasions, or simply as a treat for yourself. On display will be the names of your direct ancestors, plus notable dates - i.e. birth, marriages and deaths - and the places where these events occurred, as well as the occupations your ancestors carried out.
If you have already compiled your own family tree, you can send us your research as a digital file (GEDCOM is best, although we can also access your tree if you use websites such as Ancestry.co.uk) and we will create a stunning print on A3 paper or larger, depending on the size of your family.
Alternatively, we can trace your family history in-house, and more details about our research services can be found here. Simply pick one of the research packages we offer and let us do the rest!
Contact us to discuss your requirements, and order your beautiful ready-to-frame family tree.
Looking for a unique gift that's perfect for any occasion? Look no further!
At Ancestry by Heir Line, we offer personalised family history gift certificates, which make original presents for your loved ones.
As the certificates are completely unique to you, they are available in any value, depending on your budget. They can be redeemed against any one of our in-depth research packages, or they can be used to purchase blocks of hourly research into the recipient’s family tree, undertaken by our professional genealogists. Alternatively, the vouchers can be put towards a Family History Report or Storybook.
Your personalised certificate will be sent by email or by post along with a beautiful golden envelope, ready to present to the recipient in any way you choose.
Please note that designs may vary.
If you wish to purchase some professional family history research for a loved one, but would like to keep it a surprise, then an ancestry gift voucher is the perfect solution.
Before our professional family historians begin the research, we may need to ask some personal questions about the recipient’s family, such as the names of their grandparents, or where they were born, etc. This would, inevitably, ruin the surprise, so presenting your loved one with a beautiful gift certificate gives them the freedom to contact Ancestry by Heir Line when they are ready to begin their journey.
If your decision to purchase family tree research is made at the last minute, don’t worry - you haven’t left it too late. Simply order a gift certificate, present it on the big day, and let your loved one get in touch with us at their convenience.
A family history gift certificate is the perfect present to mark any occasion, such as:
• Valentine’s Day
• Anniversary (eg Golden, Ruby or Silver Wedding Anniversary)
• Mother’s Day
• Father’s Day
• Graduation Day
• Baby shower
• Baptism or Christening
• Leaving do