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We the people: Gift options for family researchers abound

By Sharon Burns Published: November 22, 2007
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

•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 or a gift subscription to, 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, "The Master Genealogist” available online at and "Legacy Family Tree” available online at

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