The Best Gifts for the Genealogist or Family Historian on Your List

gifts holiday Nov 29, 2019

Wondering what you could possibly buy for the genealogist or family historian on your list?  Look no further!

I surveyed hundreds of genealogists and family historians to find out what's the best best gift they ever got, what can't they live without, and what's on their wish list this year. Items ranged from the practical to the adorable, and best of all most are affordable!

2019 Genealogy Gift Guide
The Top 10

  1. Genealogy Themed Notebooks
    Researching our family history is fun and fascinating. So why the boring notebooks? With these genealogy themed journals, we can take notes in style and stay organized. (Have you seen our desks or the trail of notes we leave everywhere we go?)
  2. Ancestry DNA 
    Still the most requested DNA test kit in our survey because of its large match base (15 million), research resources, and family matching features. People enjoy the seamless connection with their family trees on Speaking of that...
  3. Gift Subscription
    Yes, we can access for free at the library, but we love researching at home in our pajamas! (Many reported they are secretly paying for this subscription. Free them from the guilt this year!)
  4. Echo Smart Speaker with Alexa
    It's like having our own personal research assistant! This topped the list for the "best splurge gift" ever received and came in 3rd for the most requested gift this year. Alexa can help us with our research by calculating dates, looking up state capitals, calculating distances, telling us about historical events and figures, and much more. Our families appreciate her reminder and timer features, which let us know when it's time to pick up the kids or take dinner out of the oven. Oh, and you can also ask her to play some tunes or turn on the lights, thus never having to get up from your research. 
  5. Binders and Dividers
    Practical, we know, but so are we!  Binders and dividers keep us organized and we can't get enough of them. 
  6. Cute File Folders
    Sure plain file folders do the trick, but we prefer a little flair when doing our filing.  Top picks this year were gold and floral designs.
  7. Embark Dog DNA Test 
    Embark Flash Sale! Breed + Health now only $145!
    Embark Flash Sale! Breed ID Kit now only $99!
    DNA testing has gone to the dogs. Find out fidos breed, ancestry, and any potential health issues. 

  8. Flip-Pal Scanner
    Hands down the best portable scanner for photos, documents, and mementos. Small and lightweight, toss it in your bag on research trips.
  9. Epson FastFoto Photo and Document Scanner
    The world's fastest personal photo scanner. Scan thousands of photos as fast as 1 per second.  Just stack and go! Digitize and preserve all those boxes of old photos.
  10. Flash Drives
    Great for backing up our research and genealogy research trips. 

The runner ups, by category...


Family Tree Maker
Great for backing-up your online tree, creating family tree charts, and generating reports. Syncs with your and accounts.

The go to software for family history writers. Scrivner combines all the tools you need for researching, writing, and publishing your family history or memoir.

A MUST  if you are researching ancestors in Britain or Ireland.
My go to source finding obituaries, wedding announcements, photos, and stories you won't find in records.
Premier collection of military records from the Revolutionary War to WWII. Historic war records, documents & photos.


Sure to be their favorite shirt for the next conference or family reunion. A great gift for your family historian! 


 Just an FYI: We participate in affiliate programs and may get a share of the revenue from your purchase. I only recommend products that I use and think you would like too.


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