Presentation Reports, Books & Family Tree Charts
Most customers will receive family tree charts and detailed computer-generated narratives from me as part of each research report (see the Research page for more information about my standard research reports). These may be sufficient for your needs. However, if you want something more special, my earlier experience as a professional editor and publisher enables me to develop the information I have researched for you into an attractive book which you will be proud to own and show to your family.
Please note that I will only write reports about research that I have conducted or checked myself (when necessary, with the assistance of trusted professional colleagues).
Each presentation report or book will be tailored to suit your requirements and your budget. After discussion with you, I can recommend the most suitable format for your project, both in terms of the content and the type of printing and binding.
Digital printing has made it realistic to have even a single copy of a family history printed in full colour and bound as a hardback book.
A Family Folios Heritage Book is built around a structured family history report covering one or more lines of your ancestry. All the details discovered about your ancestors are presented in a compact form together with their full source citations. This will be prefaced by a summary of the family story bringing out the key features. The book will include a brief explanation of the sources used, images of the original source documents and simplified family tree charts.
A Family Folios Heirloom Book focuses on one line only of your ancestry (such as one surname) in greater depth. It not not only tells the story in detail, but also aims to put events into historical context. The text will be extensively illustrated with relevant maps, drawings, photographs and family tree charts, as well as images of the key original source documents. Where possible, the text will include contemporary accounts to bring your ancestors' story to life. (Click below to see sample pages from a family story)
Information about the modern generations of your family, supplied by you, can also be added ~ if necessary, further research can be undertaken to verify and supplement this area of the tree.
The book will usually have an individually-designed glossy cover, but traditional thread-sewn case binding in library buckram or leather can also be arranged.
If you have a collection of interesting family documents or old family photographs, I can enhance a selection of them for inclusion in your book. You may wish to incorporate photos of medals or other inherited objects which have a family story attached.
~ Family Tree Charts
The perfect accompaniment to a family history book is a professionally printed banner-size drop-line chart showing the entire family tree. Alternatively, you may prefer to have a smaller-size chart suitable for framing. Either of these make a lovely gift for family members, and it is possible to order as many additional copies as you would like.
Costs depend on the complexity of the family, the dimensions of the finished chart and the paper used.
~ Presentation Reports
For most research projects, the findings will be reported as a standard genealogy research report, as described on the Research page. Where more appropriate, perhaps because the project is a gift, or as the culmination of previous research, a Family Folios Presentation Report can be commissioned instead, bringing together all the discoveries made.
Every detail discovered in the research is recorded in a structured format, with full source citations supporting each fact, and accompanied by one or more fold-out family tree charts. This is complimented by text which describes the family across the generations and highlights the significant events.
Typically, a single copy of the report is printed in-house on quality paper stock (meeting the ISO 9706 standard for permanent paper) and supplied in an attractive springback binder with acid-free inner leaves. Where multiple copies are required, external printing and binding can be arranged.
The Family History report, charts and images of the original source documents can also be supplied as an electronic download.
~ Ancestral Tourism Report
If you are planning to visit the places of special significance to your family's history, I can prepare a location-focussed report which will help you to find the places where your ancestors lived and place them in context in your family story. Detailed contemporary maps and modern directions will help you find your way to the streets where your ancestors lived, the churches where they were married or the graveyards where they are buried.
If you are not sure what you need, please don't hesitate to contact me for a free no-obligation consultation.
Dear Angela, I’m so glad that I commissioned you to work on my family history project. All credit to you for scrutinising my amateur research, delving deeper and applying rigour and professional standards to the process of discovery. Your research reports were a revelation. These have led to a chart of my family tree and a very impressive book for which you have constructed a narrative, sourced illustrations and designed the layout. I’m pleased to say that these have surprised and delighted the whole family.
~ Peter Saunders O.B.E. (Cardiff)
Dear Angela, The Family Tree arrived today, my dad was absolutely amazed ... I will never be able to thank you enough, for all your hard work and the final product is outstanding, the quality is brilliant. Its more than just a family tree, its my dads family history which he knew so little about but this has meant so much more than words can describe. You did an amazing job, thank you so very much.
~ Rachel C. (Gloucestershire)
The whole package was of the highest quality, from the actual portfolio in which it was provided, to the detailed trees, the economic, social and historical background that provided context for my ancestors, plus of course the information about my family in particular. It was far more detailed than I anticipated; it confirmed some information that I already knew but also revealed some unexpected surprises!
~ Kristy M. (Sussex)
My family history has been brought to life. People/places I had no knowledge of and yet felt a sense of connection with have surfaced. Angela takes great pride in her work, she listened to what I wanted and exceeded all expectation in the final project. Angela has a beautiful writing style and is able to deal with and report on old family secrets in a kind and sensitive manner. Angela offers a bespoke service as opposed to a set menu of options only, which proved invaluable for my particular circumstances. In fact this is one of the best things that I have ever purchased and is up there in my top 3 along with my first car and my wedding dress!
~ Jacqui J. (Kent)
Angela, I have today received the book, CD and family tree in relation to the work you have done on tracing my wife’s paternal ancestry. I must say that the quality of the presentation and the way in which you have included so many related facts that I never imagined would be available has certainly exceeded my expectations - and all so professionally tied together. ...This will make a great present for my wife who I’m sure will be both delighted and fascinated by the work, as will her family. With many thanks and kind regards.
~ Mike H. (London)
The books have arrived and I have yesterday started to read one of them and it is remarkable the amount of information you have managed to collate and you are to be Congratulated in how you have put it all together.
~ Christopher C. (Sussex)