The Ultimate Genealogy Gift Guide

gifts holiday Nov 29, 2020

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 again this year to find out 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!

2020 Genealogy Gift Guide
The Top 10

Fun Genealogy Gift Mugs

Send them some cheer they can enjoy all year! Great for coffee, tea, or anything in between, these gift mugs are the perfect companion for those long research sessions.

 

Genealogy Themed Notebooks

Researching family history is fun and fascinating,  so why the boring notebooks?  These genealogy inspired notebooks include forms, helpful checklists, and plenty of pages to take notes in style and stay organized. 


Ancestry DNA 


Still the most requested DNA test kit in our survey because of its large match base, research resources, and family matching features. People enjoy the seamless connection with their family trees on  Ancestry.com. Speaking of that...

Ancestry.com Gift Subscription


Yes, we can access Ancestry.com 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!)


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. 


Binders and Dividers

Practical, we know, but so are we!  Binders and dividers keep us organized and we can't get enough of them. 


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.


Embark Dog DNA Test 

We're kind of obsessed with DNA tests. Now we can find out fidos breed, ancestry, and any potential health issues. 


 

 


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.


Flash Drives

Great for backing up our research and genealogy research trips. 

 

The runner ups, by category...

SOFTWARE

Family Tree Maker

Great for backing-up your online tree, creating family tree charts, and generating reports. Syncs with your Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org accounts.

Scrivner
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.


ONLINE SUBSCRIPTIONS

FindMyPast.com
A MUST  if you are researching ancestors in Britain or Ireland.

Newspapers.com
A great source for finding obituaries, wedding announcements, photos, and stories you won't find in records.

Fold3.com
Premier collection of military records from the Revolutionary War to WWII. Historic war records, documents & photos.

 

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