The holidays will be here before you know it, and so will the Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and all-around holiday sales. So I thought I would do an updated genealogy favorite things gift guide this year (click HERE to read my 2017 genealogy favorite things gift guide). I must admit it was hard coming up with some new and different items. When it comes to genealogy gifts most people automatically think of DNA testing kits, journals/notebooks, photo frames, or subscriptions to websites (ancestry.com or newspapers.com) or magazines (Family Tree Magazine). Those make great gifts too but were all included in my last gift guide. So for this year’s list, I thought back to the genealogy conferences I attended this year (RootsTech and AAHGS) and thought about those items that I really used or wished I had. Also listed are some items from my personal wish list along with some old standbys that anyone can use.
- Genealogy Books – Genealogy Standards 2nd edition, NGS Research in the State Series – ARKANSAS 2nd edition, or Family Tree Toolkit by Kenyatta Berry Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
- Portable phone charger
- RootsTech conference pass (use the code GENFRIEND and get 50% off a one day pass – expires December 9, 2019)
- Roku streaming devices (you can binge-watch genealogy TV shows like BYU’s Relative Race, Who Do You Think You Are, and TLC’s Long Lost Family
- Noise-canceling headphones
- Digital camera
- Portable scanner
- External hard drive
- Gift card to Blog2Print (the blogger in your life can get their blogs turned into a hardcover book)
- USB Flash Drives
- Custom designed genealogy binders
- Genealogy society/Lineage annual dues or a gift of a membership to a genealogy or historical society (for me AAHGS and Sons and Daughters of the US Middle Passage Lineage Society)
Personal Family Gifts
- Copies of family photos
- A family heirloom
- Put together a family recipe book
- Copies of family videos/DVDs
- Family scrapbooks or high school/college yearbooks
Gifts of Your Time
- Two hours of scanning documents/photos
- Organizing or creating an address spreadsheet of family members
- Volunteer to accompany the researcher on their next research trip to help
- Download a family history questionnaire, complete it, and give it to the researcher.
I couldn’t have a favorite genealogy list without including genealogy T-shirts. I got so many compliments on my t-shirts at both RootsTech and the AAHGS conferences. I should get something genealogy-related printed on a tote bag too.
These gift ideas can be used for any occasion throughout the year for the family historian/genealogist in your life. I was able to find items from every price range. So whatever your budget is, just remember that the most special gifts always come from a place of love and thoughtfulness.
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