My History was set up in 2003 by Tony Beardshaw to help beginners and experienced genealogists select and purchase Family Tree software at competitive prices. Our research showed that it was very difficult to find a selection of software or when several different packages were found in one store there were few staff if any, that had experience or could explain the workings of a particular program. Each software publisher will also give you a long list of what is good about their own program but of course they never tell you what it can't do. We felt that genealogy deserved better then this. At My History we do not produce any software ourselves so we are free to compare and recommend packages from any software publisher that we feel gives good value along with an appropriate program for your needs. We hope that our comparison tables give a balanced view of any software available for genealogists.
Soon after entering the genealogy market it became apparent that there were other products required by family historians to help them organise the documents and photographs that are amassed when taking on the responsibility of custodian of the family history. We now stock an extensive range of folders, binders, hold-alls, boxes and acid-free pockets for just about any combination of papers and photographs you may have.
We also realised that many genealogists wish to give away printed copies of their work but feel frustrated with poor quality presentation letting down their years of research. With this in mind My History has developed a range of book publishing solutions and a chart printing service that allows genealogists to present a family history in a format that grabs the attention of all members of the family including the younger generations.
All these extensions to our range have meant four office and warehouse moves since My History started working from just a spare room. We are now based in a small warehouse and office block overlooking the Don & Dearne Valleys close to the historic town of Conisbrough a few miles from Doncaster and the A1 motorway. We take great pride in trying to hold stock of all the items in our range and our aim is to despatch all orders within 24 hours of receipt.
We hope you find our site useful and we welcome your visits in the future. If you have any comments or complaints about our website or our service please feel free to contact
My History is a UK based business that is owner managed and pays tax to the UK Goverment. It has no connection to any other organisation or owners outside the UK.
We strive to recycle 100% of our waste. Currently 95% (by weight) of our waste (cardboard, paper, plastics, metals, compostable materials) is recycled. We are lucky to have a recycling plant next door that allows us to carry cardboard, paper and plastics around on foot thus reducing unnecessary road miles. Currently we produce just one black dusbin bag of rubbish per week that cannot be recycled.
We have moved.
|On Monday 18th June 2012 we completed our move to larger premises at Denaby Point. |
We now have three times the space we had at Mexborough Business Centre and as many visitors will remember we were very cramped during our time there and even more so towards the end when we had stock stored out in the corridor. We even had the loan of an old disused kitchen to store our exhibition displays.
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Thankfully we now have everything in one place and we have made a start on creating a better display area for visitors who wish to come and buy from us.
We also have a dedicated area for chart printing and a great display of printed charts in our entrance foyer to inspire and encourage you when it comes to sharing your research with other members of your family. From September onwards we also hope to be able to announce that customers will be able to visit our premises on Saturday mornings.
On 8 March 2012 My History announced that it has taken over the business of JiGraH Resources from Graham and Jill Hadfield based in Middlesbrough. Following an agreement between the two businesses in January this year My History has bought the website and stock of JiGraH and will run it as a brand within the existing websites of www.my-history.co.uk and www.twrcomputing.co.uk
Graham and Jill Hadfield are to retire from the genealogy supplies market but they say that they will now be able to spend quality time on their own family trees. Tony Beardshaw of My History explains that until now his business has always concentrated on resources for experienced genealogists who wish to record, preserve or print and publish their family stories. However he has always been aware of a need to be able to supply genealogists with a range of data that encourages a more in depth study of their ancestors lives.
The JiGraH range built up by the Hadfields contains over 240 data CDs covering trade directories, county guides, street maps and year books from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
To build on the hard work of the Hadfields, My History has commissioned a new book scanner to enable the continued scanning of directories and they already have a quantity of old directories waiting to be scanned and added to the JiGraH range over the coming months.
The full JiGraH CD range may be viewed at www.my-history.co.uk or www.jigrah.co.uk
Unit 1a Denaby Point,
Fax:0705 343 7756
My History employs a small group of friendly staff that process and pack your orders. All members of staff are keen amateur genealogists who use the software and products we sell and are able to give telephone support should you get into difficulty with any of your purchases or just need advice before ordering.
Tony Beardshaw - Sales, software support, marketing, systems support and owner.
Sharon Murphy - Sales, software support, purchasing and accounts.
Stephen Buttle - Sales, software support, publishing specialist for charts and books.
Annette Taylor - Stock control and despatch
Dave Gillott - Shop sales, IT Support and exhibitions.
Mike Bollinger, Sarah Pinchin, Alec Murphy and Brian Smailes - Exhibition support staff.
Tony, Sharon and Stephen may each be contacted by just putting their first names in front of our email address; @my-history.co.uk
|How To Find Us|
Customers are welcome to call in and pick up orders. We are currently (June 2012) preparing a display area of the popular products we sell so that you may browse before you purchase. Our office is open between 9am and 5pm Mon - Fri.
We also attend various fairs around the UK and Ireland.
Click here for a list of future venues.
|Payments - HSBC Bank Secure ePayments System|
Once you have placed your order our system will take you to a secure page where your name and address will be collected via our pages that show the security padlock symbol.
After this you will be asked how you wish to pay. We accept debit cards, credit cards, cheques (payable to 'My History') and Paypal. If you choose to pay by credit card you will be provided with a screen from HSBC Bank on a secure server where you may enter your credit card details with confidence. These details are held securely by the bank and will not even be released to My History, thus ensuring total security. If you prefer you may also choose for My History to phone you for your credit card details.
We also accept official orders from schools, libraries and colleges.
Unit 1a Denaby Point, Coalpit Road, Denaby Main, DONCASTER, South Yorkshire, DN12 4LH, United Kingdom
Telephone: 01709 858572, Fax: 0705 343 7756, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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