My Genealogy Favorite Things Gift Guide – Updated 2019 Version

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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.

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.

*Some of the items listed in this post contain affiliate links. If you purchase using these links, I’ll get a small commission at no additional cost to you. This will help me continue writing this blog and creating new content for Journey Through the Generations. Thanks!

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