This week marks the beginning of the holiday gift-giving season. Perhaps you are wondering what you might give to a fellow family history researcher or genealogist, or maybe your family and friends are asking you for hints. •Simple, practical gifts include a disposable camera to take to cemeteries, a package of photo paper, mini-cassette recorder for archive research or interviewing relatives, vinyl-coated paper clips, acid-free file folders and archival-safe, acid free and lignin-free storage materials. Always welcome are polypropylene sheet protectors by the box, acid-free paper, archival mounting corners for photographs, and archival marking pens and pencils for labeling. A great resource for these items is Light Impressions Direct online at www.lightimpressionsdirect.com. •Gift subscriptions for local genealogical societies or a society in the area where a person is researching will help people learn about the history of the area in which ancestors lived. Magazine subscriptions to publications such as Internet Genealogy online at www.internet-genealogy.com or a gift subscription to Ancestry.com, Footnote.com or another fee database would be appreciated. •Books available to local bookstores or the Oklahoma History Center museum store include "Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920” by William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Ancestry's "Red Book: American State, County & Town References,” "The Handybook for Genealogists” by Everton Publishers and "Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace” by Elizabeth Shown Mills. •Genealogy software includes "Family Tree Maker” available online at www.Ancestry.com, "The Master Genealogist” available online at www.whollygenes.com and "Legacy Family Tree” available online at www.legacyfamilytree.com. These products may be available in local stores. •Share your family history. Print out family trees using different fonts or colors, frame photographs of family members or make calendars using family photographs and pedigree charts for gifts. Create a booklet of family recipes that could include photographs of family cooks, relationship charts, recipe origins and family stories. Supplies can be found at a local copy shop or office supply stores. A great gift for a parent is an inexpensive journal. On each two-page spread, write a question for your mother and/or father concerning your childhood or their childhood, dating days, family weddings, family reunions, etc. Ask them to record the answers each week throughout the year and return the book to you at the end of the year. They will enjoy reminiscing, and you will be rewarded with 52 wonderful stories recorded in their handwriting. If you have a question, event, idea or an experience you wish to share, e-mail Sharon Burns at email@example.com.