Time travel as close as your local cemetery.

Guest Blogger

February 16, 2014 / by davidwalton

When my good friend and travel writer Marilyn Jones asked if she could be a guest blogger on my website, I thought, “Sure, why not?” I’m presently working on three posts, none of which are entirely finished. So it was perfect timing! Thank you, Marilyn.

THERE ARE PLENTY OF WAYS TO REMEMBER THE GENEALOGIST ON YOUR GIFT LIST
By Marilyn Jones

The author's grandmother Mable Hammerlund Conner and her five daughters including mother Hazel Conner Jones, standing, center.

The author’s grandmother Mable Hammerlund Conner and her five daughters including mother Hazel Conner Jones, standing, center.

Looking for a gift for someone interested in remembering their ancestors, wanting to start a family tree or an active researcher? There are plenty of great gifts for every pedigree detective.

An inexpensive gift for anyone interested in remembering family history is a copy of a census page where ancestors are listed. These documents can be ordered from several sources on the internet — simply search the family name and specific census year which always ends in a “10” such as 1870, 1910 and so on.

Frame the document or pair it with other frame-able items including photographs.

Add other family mementoes and objects representing a particular country and assemble everything in a shadow box.

Visit a craft store for more ideas on how to make a one-of-a-kind family treasure.

STARTING A FAMILY TREE

Ancestry.com, Genealogy.org and other online research sources make excellent gifts. Memberships are based on defined timeframes and can be continued after the gift membership expires.

The author's great grandparents, Johanna and Carl Hammerlund, and their eight children including grandmother Mable, seated far right.

The author’s great grandparents, Johanna and Carl Hammerlund, and their eight children including grandmother Mable, seated far right.

Along with a computer, internet access and printer, there are other accessories that can help a researcher gather, organize and store the information they find.

A flatbed scanner, for example, is a necessity for sharing and storing documents and photos on a computer.

Pen scanners are also great gifts for researchers. This scanner is used the same way a highlighter is used. A researcher can use the scanner when visiting libraries or viewing public records that cannot be copied in a conventional way.

THE ACTIVE RESEARCHER
Serious genealogists who have been at this a long time may appreciate a gift geared toward helping them travel to locations where their ancestors lived — in this country or abroad.

Major airlines offer gift certificates, but make sure the recipient is going to be traveling during the next 12 months; some airline gift certificates expire after one year.

Hotel gift certificates also make nice gifts. Global Hotel gift cards (globalhotelcard.cashstar.com), for example, are available for as little as $25.

Helping plan a trip or do additional research such as locating gravesites — which can be time consuming — might be appreciated by the researcher.

From the casual-curious and beginner to the expert, books and magazines covering all aspects of genealogy including history, specific timeframes and foreign countries as they relate to the researchers’ family also are excellent gift choices. If in doubt, a gift card to a major book store chain is a safe bet.

Genealogy has been part of human history since the beginning of time. For the researcher on your holiday gift, there are plenty of gifts available to help them in their quest of finding the past.

If you liked Marilyn’s post, check out her other stories at http://www.marilynjones2010.com/.

 

 

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