Holiday Gift Ideas for Genealogists

Here are some great gift ideas for the genealogists in your life.

These are primarily US sites. If you have a genealogy business, product, or service you'd like to see included in future posts, please reach out to me at [email protected] to be added to our listings!

Keepsakes Family Tree ChartsGenealogy WallChartsTreeSeek (free downloads)*Family ChartmastersFamily Tree and MeOther Charts and Forms from listed at OnGenealogyFamily Tree ArtThe Mango DesignThe Tapestree EtsyFamily History BooksMyCanvas*(imports tree data from Ancestry or build tree on site)Tell Me Their Stories - personalized family history children's booksOther Books and Publishers from RootsTech, etcWrite a family story or stories to share*Digitize family photos and give them on an external hard drive*Gift any heirlooms you're ready to part with, but first, write a story about its meaningPhoto books created through Mixbook*, Chatbooks, Blurb*, etcPersonalized DNA books ordered through…
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Fee and Free Genealogy during COVID-19

COVID-19 got you down? Me too! We're quarantined at home but with internet access there is plenty to do in the Genealogy World. Here are some fee and free ideas & offerings:

 

Have a Library Card? Your library building may be closed, but it's open online. Check your local library online and see what digital resources they offer. During Covid-19, Ancestry has made its Library edition available remotely in some locations (this is usually only available onsite at the library). This means you may be able to login to your library's portal, with your library card, and have FREE Ancestry.com at home for the next few weeks. Also, see what other databases your Library pays for. Here are some that might be of interest.Watch a free Family History webinar online. Here's a list of free classes offered by FamilySearch this month. Also register for a free webinar at Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Some of their past webinars are free to view, and others require membership …
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Maintenance Essentials for Genealogy

I've had maintenance on the mind this summer. So many friends and family are dealing with problems that are largely a result of lack of maintenance. It's made me think how easy it is to lose all our gains, simply because we don't do the day-to-day and month-to-month maintenance projects.

Why am I doing massive fence repairs in July? How'd we regain all this weight?How did the sewer line break?

It goes on and on. So while I work on projects and have to set aside my family history, I'm assessing what are the maintenance essentials for genealogy in my home.

We made some incredible family history gains last year, digitizing everything (photos, papers, cassette tapes) for my side of the family and we're close to finishing this for Mike's side of the family. I can't afford to lose these gains. Here are some ideas for projects we need to either start, finish, or maintain.

 

 

Some Family History Maintenance Ideas

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