The holidays are upon us!
Several of the popular genealogy magazines have published their own gift lists. Mine has some similarities, yet many differences. Though this article is geared toward the non-genealogist the chances of any reading this blog are slim. Should you want any of these items for yourself as holiday gifts, I encourage you to print out this post and tape it to the refrigerator as a gigantic hint.
Laptop or netbook
Hey, aim high. You never know.
A little pocket camera comes in handy when you're unable to scan or copy documents.
Digital tape recorder
These are great for transcribing documents, capturing important interviews and preserving history.
Genealogy podcasts are easy to download and just waiting for you to find them.
Make a list of books you'd love to add to your library. Be specific or you'll end up with the History of Adams County, when you wanted the History of Aaron County.
Have your eye on a certain publication? Let it be known.
Ask for an annual (or partial) subscription to your favorite database.
An easy gift to give: membership to a local, state or national genealogy association.
Little things make great stocking stuffers.
Don't want any presents? Ask family members to give to historical non-profits, library genealogy collections, cemetery preservation societies or anything else that's important to you.
Share your photos and keepsakes
Given the choice between a new sweater or old family photos, I guarantee you that every genealogist would take the pictures.
Show an interest
This sounds silly, but if non-genealogy family members would show an interest in their ancestors' history this season, it would really brighten the day of your family's history keeper.
Genealogists are a special breed and we have special "toys" as well. Hopefully this list makes shopping a little easier so the holidays can be enjoyed to the fullest with loved ones.