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Gifts for Ancestry Research Buffs

by Jamie Sanford on January 6, 2011

It’s been a while since I’ve received an email with a gift challenge, but I received this one from YZ yesterday.

I have a manager that will be leaving. I just need an idea of a gift that she can use. She has been doing a lot of reach on her family tree (ancestry).

Any thoughts for that special gift?

Ms. Z didn’t provide me with any sort of budget for the gift, so I’ll try to cover a variety of price points.

If the person you are shopping for has a lot of documentation related to their family history, archival-quality scrapbooks or albums might be a great choice for them.  These acid-free products will provide a great storage space for the album and will allow for continued viewings of those items.  This is the Big Book archival album and is available for $66.59 from Light Impressions.

Light Impressions also has a large array of albums and scrapbooks in other price points, including additional insert pages and other accessories.

If your gift recipient has a sense of humor about their genealogy interest, there is an array of items available from Zazzle.com. T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, mugs, aprons, posters, binders, tote bags, mouse pads – there are many things to choose from.


Prices on these items on Zazzle range from $0.95 to $39.95.


I like the idea of giving someone a magazine subscriptions, since it’s the gift that keeps on giving all year long.  Family Tree Magazine costs $27 for 1 year, and Family Chronicle Magazine is $27.95 for a year’s subscription.

I’ve already showed my love for Ancestry.com in a previous post, which you can read here. The site also offers family tree creation software,  which is available from Amazon.com for $47.91.  There’s also a more basic version available for $32.63, also from Amazon.com.

The other website I found with a paid membership to join was Genealogy.com.  I don’t have experience with this site and so cannot vouch for it, but from their website it doesn’t look like they have any international records.  A gold membership for 1 year costs $199.99.

I hope this helps to give some ideas on what to give as a gift to someone who is interested in researching their family’s history.  Ancestry research has recently become very exciting for me and I think I might need to pick up some of these items for myself!

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Ancestry.com Gift Membership

by Jamie Sanford on December 21, 2010

A few weeks ago, someone gave me some old family photos that sparked my curiosity.  I started doing some research on my own and found some information about the photos.  I then joined Ancestry.com and started a basic family tree, filling in what I remembered.

I broke down and bought a paid membership to the site, and in just a few days I have worked my way back to my 9th great-grandfather, who came to the United States in 1630.  I have since found out that while the graves of he and his wife are unmarked, that they are both listed on a monument dedicated to the town’s followers!

Given the great information I’ve received in just a short time, I have to suggest a gift membership to Ancestry.com for anyone on your list who is interested in history, particularly family history.


The site makes fantastic family trees – I have so many relatives that I never knew about!


There are options for US-only and Worldwide memberships.  I have started with US-only but feel like I’ll be upgrading soon so that I can access records from England and track my family there as well.

US-only gift memberships are $89 for 6 months and $159 for 1 year.  Worldwide memberships are $169 for 6 months and $299 for 1 year.

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