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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How to Use AncestryDNA Matches

Here are some ideas for how to use AncestryDNA matches. 

 

The short version: Connect your DNA to a public or private & searchable tree at Ancestry Use ThruLines to identify common ancestors  Create Groups (color coded) and add matches to their proper family group (ThruLines and Shared Matches help you do this) Use Shared Matches to sort matches into family groups Encourage parents & older relatives to test

 

 

Connect your DNA to a public or private & searchable tree at Ancestry 

 

GET A TREE* on Ancestry and link your DNA to your public or private & searchable tree. Even if it's only a tiny tree with two or three people. You will only get ThruLines results if you have your DNA linked to a public tree at Ancestry or a private & searchable tree. I have two accounts at Ancestry, each linked to a DNA test. One account has a tree with only four people: me, my father, and his p…

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Fee or Free Online Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850

  The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), The Essex Institute, and others were commissioned to publish Massachusetts Vital Records up to 1850 for various towns in Massachusetts. From AmericanAncestors (NEHGS): "At the turn of the twentieth century NEHGS was instrumental in introducing and passing legislation to appropriate funds to produce books of vital statistics to the year 1850 for the cities and towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ...Not all Massachusetts towns are included."   FEE options   AmericanAncestors AmericanAncestors.com has a Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 Collection that includes these commissioned books as well as some substitutes for towns whose vital records were not collected/commissioned. You can search by individual town volume. Ancestry Ancestry.com has these individual books available online and you can search by individual town volume. FindMyPast FindMyPast.com has this collection available online …
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