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"I was really surprised at how tearful I felt when I found my mother's birth certificate. Thank you for being so sympathetic and discreet. The whole thing has been really therapeutic and I feel much more in tune with my past now."? -- Mrs W. (Warwickshire)

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The Perfect Birthday Gift Print

Many of our customers purchase family history packages for their loved ones, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, grandparents, brothers or sisters. If someone special in your life is approaching a milestone birthday this year, whether it be a 60th, 70th or  even 100th, why not give them something truly unique and memorable ? a significant family heirloom.

With a little information from you, one of our trained Researchers will dedicate hours of work into uncovering and presenting your family's story from the past. Details about individuals and family units are woven together into a genealogical report which includes:

  • Names and nicknames
  • Dates of birth
  • Occupations
  • Addresses
  • Marriages
  • Christenings
  • Military histories
  • Sometimes even friends, neighbours and employers!


We also include specific articles about the trades and places that are pertinent to your ancestors.

You can choose to make your gift a beautiful surprise, or allow your Researcher to contact family members and turn it into an exciting and inspiring family project.

What do you get the woman that has everything? I struggled to think of what to get my wife as a present until she mentioned seeing ?Who Do You Think You Are? on TV. I searched the internet and decided upon Family Detective and I'm really glad I did. In just a few weeks after my initial contact Family Detective pulled out all the stops to research my wife's family tree back to 1806, finding over 100 relatives. My researcher was excellent throughout, explaining the process and giving regular updates on progress. Congratulations to all at Family Detective for a job well done! -- Mr Wilkinson (Kent)

Simply choose the Family Detective package that is most suitable to your budget and complete the brief application form. You will be contacted shortly by one of our friendly staff who can help you to make this birthday present really special!

Understanding the Census
National censuses have been taken every 10 years and record everyone in a dwelling on a particular night. They provide the family historian with invaluable personal information about their ancestors, their friends, neighbours, jobs and living conditions. The most recent census report available to the public is always 100 years old. The earliest census which records actual names is 1841.