November 12, 2020 2 min read

Tracing your family history is tremendously addictive and thus a boon to the present buyer looking for a suitable gift for their genealogically-minded friends and family. First up you need to ask yourself a few questions : are they just starting off on their family history journey ? or are they well advanced with piles of papers and interesting anecdotes of great-great-great uncle Cecil and just what he got up to during the war?

For the newbie family historian a good start is My Family History: a chart and record book which will help them keep a track of those vital records as they unearth them. The record book is very much a game of two halves you go in one way for recording the paternal line and then flip the book to enter in details of those on the mother's side. 

Or perhaps a guide as to where to start would be welcome? Easy Family Historyis a really good introduction to the arcane arts of genealogy. David Annal is a great guide to sources online or in dusty archives and reading this will help understand the best way to approach the task of exploring the family tree.

If that start has already been made then some binders and sleeves to store the vital family documents would make a great gift. Our storage equipmentis archival quality acid-free so you can rest easy those important documents will be kept safe for future generations.

Are you a practical present giver or a pretty present giver ? For the former there are a few things which would help make those research trips a little easier. A Full page magnifying sheetwould make deciphering those records a little easier. or a Tech Tidyis an absolute boon and saves hours untangling cords or fishing in the bottom of the handbag to find that missing charger. For something a little more frivolous which nods to their passion for family trees how about some pretty silver earringsfeaturing a family tree ? 

Perhaps they have all the equipment and really know what they are doing ? Then how about a book about someone else's family history journey ? This can be interesting and inspirational and who knows perhaps encourage your giftee to write something about their own journey ? Have a look at Flesh and BloodStephan McGann (of Call the Midwife fame) tells his own family story intriguingly structured round the diseases and ailments which afflicted his family over the last one hundred and fifty years. A unique approach combining a personal story with social history.

Sally Hughes
Sally Hughes



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