They had in mind gadgets and other tangible things you could wrap up with a bow. But I thought, “Most of the things I want don’t cost money and can’t be wrapped.”
So, here are my suggested gifts for genealogists:
- Show interest in their research by asking them about their latest family discovery. Are they planning to attend any genealogy conferences this year? Who, or what, is their favorite genealogy resource, and why? Who is their favorite ancestor, and why?
- If they have an online family tree, ask them to tell you (or remind you) how to view it. Ask for some in-person or virtual time so they can show you around the site.
- Share family photos with them. They may not already have copies of the ones you take for granted. They especially might be interested in the ones that are stashed away and you haven’t seen them for years either. And they might have some you haven’t seen.
- Offer to get yourself DNA tested. Ask them if that’s something they’re into; which company they recommend; and how to connect your results to their online family tree. It’s OK to wait for one of the holiday sales that happen throughout the year.
- Ask them if there’s a particular tool, subscription, or membership they’d enjoy having. It’s OK to specify a price range.
- Give them a copy of my new book, which was just released! What’s a Photo Without the Story? How to Create Your Family Legacy
And here’s a roundup of ideas from some of my favorite resources:
- 5 Easy DIY Family History Gifts — Amy Johnson Crow, Modern Genealogy Made Easy (Genealogists: Don’t miss “A Gift You Might Want to Reconsider” at the end!)
- The Ultimate Photo Gift Guide For All Occasions — Andi Willis, Good Life Photo Solutions
- Genealogy Gift Guides — Lisa Lisson, Are You My Cousin?
- Clutter-free genealogy gifts — Janine Adams, Organize Your Family History
- A Few Of My Favorite Things — Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective
- Holiday Gift Guide – DNA, Genealogy and Family History — Thomas MacEntee, Genealogy Bargains
PLEASE NOTE: The ideas in this “holiday” post, as well as in my Holiday Resource Roundup are intended for all holidays, all year round!
What was your favorite gift that you gave to (or received from) the family historian in your life?
What’s on your wish list?
Share with us in the comments, we’d love to know!