Genealogy Gifts

In the spirit of the holidays, I like to sometimes give the gift of genealogy to some of my family members. My grandparents, especially, love getting family history gifts. For a couple of years I’ve given my grandparents a nice, printed out copy of their family tree. My maternal grandmother loves to just sit and read it (usually correcting a few mistakes.) Though, I feel sort of boring giving them basically the same thing every year, even though it’s updated. I thought about making a really nice one using the Ancestry Press, but I doubt I’ll have the time to design it and get it printed and sent in time.

My paternal grandmother loves her Irish culture and history, so that one is usually somewhat easy. My maternal grandparents are German and then a mixed bag. What I need from them is photos. I have almost no photos from my maternal side. I have tons of photos from my paternal side, thanks to my grandmother’s collection. If I had photos, I could merge them nicely with a family tree to give them something that they can keep and cherish and possibly even hand down to more generations.

I know a lot of you out there are into genealogy and probably are more creative than I am. Are there any clever ideas out there for genealogy-related gifts, or even a creative spin on the old “Family Tree”?

About Brian Zalewski

I started genealogy research about mid-1999. My grandfather had passed away in April of that year. Since then I’ve done a lot of research not only for myself, but for friends and other relatives. In 2006, I married the love of my life, Darcy, and welcomed the birth of our daughter, Aerissa Jean, in 2010 and our son, Xander Lee, in 2012. I can’t wait to tell them stories about all of their ancestors.

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Comments

  1. Hey Brian,
    It’s not too late to create a custom ornament from CafePress. I just ordered 7 today myself. All you need is a photograph of your grandparents to start. You could make one ornament of them and one of you to start with. Give them each a pair of ornaments this year and ask for more photos to make additional ones next year. They make great gifts and never fail to impress. I don’t earn any money if you do make a purchase, I’m just trying to be helpful. Check out my other blog for more information. http://creativegenealogy.blogspot.com/2007/11/time-to-make-your-custom-christmas.html

    Jasia

  2. Hi,

    I have a suggestion. Ever think of building your own family website?

    Marcia Earl

  3. I already have. It was actually started before this blog. Family Tree. Or are you talking about something else?brianjz