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Our History

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

Tax Status
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.

Environmental Policy
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.

Business Status

On 1st February 2015 My History is changed from 'sole propriertor' to 'limited company' status.


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Contact Us


My History Ltd
Unit 1a Denaby Point,
Coalpit Road
Denaby Main
South Yorkshire
DN12 4LH


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 Hooley - Office Manager, Sales, software support, charts administration, purchasing and accounts.

Stephen Buttle - Sales, software support, publishing specialist for charts and books.

Lucy Smith - Warehouse Supervisor and assistant to Office Manager.

Louise McKenning , Susan Morgan & Julie Richardson - Warehouse Team

Ian Carroll - Warehouse Team/Donside Manager

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 & Opening Times

How To Find Us & Opening Times

We are now open for business however we would prefer to only take card payments. Our opening hours are 8.30 am and 4.30pm Tue- Fri . We are not open on weekends.

We also attend various fairs around the UK and Ireland.
Click here for a list of future venues.

Opayo Payments

Once you have placed your order you will be asked how you wish to pay. We accept debit cards*, credit cards, and PayPal#, we are also prepared to invoice schools, libraries and colleges, please email sales@my-history.co.uk to discuss.

If you choose to pay by credit card you will be provided with a screen from Opayo Payments/SAGE Pay 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.

Customers who wish to pay using the PayPal system may do so.

Payment Security
The My History website uses the SSL (padlock) security feature so any detail we hold about our customers is taken very seriously. As for debit and credit card details, all payments are handled by our bank using 'Opayo/Sage Pay Payments' who operate a PCI DSS-compliant payment gateway. Please note with the introduction of SCA (strong customer authentication) in May 2022 customers will now need to register with their card provider either to receive a text message to authenticate their payment or order a device to use their card to create a code. Once this has been done once most card providers will then allow you to allow our website to be a trusted shopping site for you, negating the need to do this every time you shop.

Accounts are purely optional for ordering with My History Ltd and can only be created at the point of checkout. These accounts do not hold payment information, purely address and order history.

My History does not store or even have sight of any credit card details apart from the order ref., name and amount keyed by customers online.

Our shopping site software 'Sellerdeck' is produced by Actinic Software Ltd a reputable software company based in the UK who state the following:
"The combination of SellerDeck with a PCI DSS-compliant payment gateway provides a very high level of security, and ensures that the critical risk, the theft of card payment data, is completely eliminated."

For the full text of the Sellerdeck security applicable to our site please visit www.sellerdeck.co.uk

* This is the most economic way for us to receive your money where the banks get the smallest cut from the payment.

# This is the most expensive way for us to receive your money where the banks get a much larger portion of the payment.

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