Genealogy gifts we really want for Christmas!


30 November 2020
We’ve compiled a wish list of perfect family history presents for you to pass on to anyone who asks what you’d like for Christmas this year…

New projects for 2021

We all like to start the year with a new project so how about a project journal to stay on top of those to-do lists, keeping your notes organised and ticking off items as you accomplish them. Paperchase have some pretty and practical options and try Hobbycraft for a great range of journals and planners

Beautiful pens for your family tree display chart

Most family historians have at least two charts on the go – a working chart and a display chart, with the latter only for those ancestors and facts we’re sure about.

When it comes to writing up this display chart, a pen with acid-free ink will produce results that stand the test of time whilst also being clear and easy to read. TryMyHistory and Family Tree Folk.

… and if you’re looking for a display chart try Etsy (do check the paper is acid-free) and MyHistory.

Or someone to write-up that chart...

If you fear your handwriting isn’t up to the job, why not enlist a professional calligrapher? Oakleaf Calligraphy are an experienced business, as is Fiona Mitchell Design.

An online subscription to a family history service

Many family historians enjoy taking advantage of the many online record sets available to access from anywhere in the world but they can get expensive. You can subscribe to the main sites such as Ancestry, FindMyPast, MyHeritage and TheGenealogist on a monthly or annual basis, and don’t forget the more specialised services such as Name and Place.

Enjoy your favourite genealogy magazine throughout the year

A subscription really is the gift that keeps on giving – it’s so nice to look forward to the magazine arriving through your letterbox or direct to your device every month, without having to trail to the shops.

Check our Family Tree’s top subscription offers for anywhere in the world. 

Society membership

In a similar vein, family history and local history societies provide plenty of online and in-person inspiration throughout the year, with meetings, family history projects, research publications and journals, plus valuable contact with others who share the same research interests.

You can find a family history society for a geographical area at the Family History Federation, the Scottish Association of Family History Societies, and surnames and places via the Guild of One-Name Studies and Society for One-Place Studies to name but a few. 

If you prefer family history experiences to gifts…

Gifts are fun to give and receive but after what’s been a challenging year for most of us, it’s nice to have something to look forward to. 

Family Tree's DNA bootcamp starts in February and is the perfect way to keep busy through those long winter evenings after Christmas, picking up new skills through the six-week run.