When it comes to holiday presents, genealogists don’t seem hard to please—anyone who’d crawl around a weedy cemetery in search of a tombstone can’t be that high-maintenance. But if you’re 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, gardener’s 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. Beidler’s recommendations in his weekly newspaper column
If you’ve gotten a great genealogical present—or are hoping for one this year—click Comment and tell us what it is.