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When it comes to holiday presents, genealogists dont seem hard to pleaseanyone whod crawl around a weedy cemetery in search of a tombstone cant be that high-maintenance. But if youre at a loss for what to give the genealogist in your life, try one of these suggestions:
- a set of Family Tree Magazine CDs: the International Genealogical Passport ($12.95), the 2006 compilation ($24) and 2007 compilation ($20)
- a subscription to Family Tree Magazine (the gift that gives all year!)
- a GPS, which traveling researchers can use to locate cemeteries, libraries, the old family homestead or a place to eat lunch
- a prepaid gasoline card to help fund those research trips
- a reference such as the Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogists edited by Erin Nevius and Sharon DeBartolo Carmack (Family Tree Books, $29.99) or the Red Book edited by Alice Eichholz (Ancestry, $49.95)
- a cemetery research kit with non-fusible interfacing (for tombstone rubbings), rubbing wax (you can get it from stores such as FunStuffforGenealogists), masking tape, gardeners shears and knee pads, bug spray, and an I brake for cemeteries bumper sticker
- a genetic genealogy test
- a research favor, especially if a fellow genealogist has a hard time getting around. Maybe do lookups for her at a Family History Center, drive him to a conference or help scan a load of photos.
- a nice, archival-quality album and/or photo storage boxes to safely keep old photos. You can find these at scrapbooking stores such as Archiver’s and the online suppliers listed on FamilyTreeMagazine.com.
- for a new genealogist, a research tote bag with basics such as a how-to book (Unpuzzling Your Past by Emily Anne Croom is a good one) and blank charts from FamilyTreeMagazine.com’s forms page
- any of genealogical writer James A. Beidlers recommendations in his weekly newspaper column
If you’ve gotten a great genealogical presentor are hoping for one this yearclick Comment and tell us what it is.