9 Perfect, Easy Gifts for Genealogists Who Love Old Photos & Stories

By Family Tree Editors Premium

Need a holiday gift for a genealogy enthusiast, family history fiend or ancestry admirer?  These nine easy gift ideas are perfect for those who love to save and share old family photos, heirlooms, stories and recipes.

If you’re the genealogist, our list includes decorative templates you can fill out and print for an easy, meaningful handmade gift you can have ready in time for Christmas.



How to Archive Family Keepsakes

In every family, someone inherits the “stuff”—the photos, albums, papers, heirlooms and memorabilia left behind when Mom, Dad or Aunt Alberta passed away. This book by the Family Curator, Denise May Levenick, will help you sort through the treasure trove; gather genealogy clues; figure out what to keep and what you can let go of; and organize, digitize and preserve the rest.

How to Archive Family Photos

The Family Curator is back with this guidebook to scanning old photos, creating a digital photo archive that will last forever, managing the workflow for photos you take today, and sharing pictures with photo memory projects and gifts.

Fill-in Decorative Family Tree Wall Chart Templates (download and print)

We offer three decorative family charts you can download, type in (and save), and print. For each design, you get three standard sizes so you can easily find frames:  8×10 inches, 11×14 inches and 16×20 inches. The designs are:

Watercolor design Floral design Vintage design


Ultimate Family Tree Chart Templates CD (on CD-ROM)

This CD includes 25 distinct designs of decorative family tree wall charts, each in three sizes (8×10 inches, 11×14 inches and 16×20 inches). Type names in a template, print the chart and frame it.

Family Recipe Card Templates

These templates make it easy to record and share favorite family recipes. They include six attractive themes in a letter-size layout. You can type directly in the PDF, save and print; or print a blank template and hand-write recipes. Then put the full page in a binder or trim along the outlines into a 4×6-inch card (front and back).

Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy

This fill-in book by Sunny Jane Morton lets you record the stories of your life(or someone else’s) for future generations. Insightful questions and prompts make it easy to preserve memories of your life. Sections cover parents, siblings, childhood, high school, career and adulthood. There’s also space to note genealogical information.

Ornament Preservation Kit

My mom-in-law has an entire Christmas tree dedicated to beautiful, fragile glass ornaments, and each one comes with a story about how it came to be hers. This kit would be perfect for her: It comes with a 16-compartment archival-quality ornament box, acid-free tissue for wrapping, tips on preserving holiday ornaments, and downloadable ornament provenance cards you can print and fill out.

Family Photo Detective: Learn How to Find Genealogy Clues in Old Photos and Solve Family Photo Mysteries

This guidebook by Family Tree Magazine‘s Photo Detective, Maureen A. Taylor, will help your favorite genealogist uncover the clues in old family photos to identify mystery faces, narrow down when and where they were taken, and discover the stories behind them.

Stories From My Grandparent

The genealogist or grandparent in your life will love to answer the prompts in this fill-in book designed to pass down family history, stories, memories and legacies.


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