Phyllis Young, a member of the Lawton Southwest Genealogical Society, submitted the following suggestions of possible Christmas gifts for the family historian and/or genealogist:
• Subscription to a genealogical online database for researchers who have a computer. Fee-only-access websites include Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com), FindMyPast (www.findmypast.com), Footnote (www.footnote.com), GenealogyBank (www.genealogybank.com) and World Vital Records (www.worldvitalrecords.com). For a complete list, visit www.
• Membership in a genealogical or historical society. Members receive journals and/or newsletters published by the society that contain data pertaining to area records. These publications are also one way of contacting researchers whose ancestors came from the same community through queries. Many societies offer look-up assistance to members and nonmember researchers. For a directory of societies, go to www.
• Registration fees to attend genealogical workshops, seminars and/or conferences. Local workshops are usually one day in duration. Seminars can be one to two days with some seminars on specific family history topics lasting a week. Conferences that are held at the national and state level can be several days to one week.
Information about the National Genealogical Society annual conference can be found online at www.ngsgenealogy.
• Subscription to a genealogical magazine such as "Internet Genealogy" or "Tracing Your Irish Roots." A list of publications can be found at Cyndislist.com.
• Share old family photos. If you are the custodian of old family photos, have copies made and put them in an album. Put captions with each photo and remember not to write on the photograph. However, you should develop a method of keeping the caption information with the photo. Who knows? Someone in your family may be able to identify the people, time and place of a photograph that has mystified you for years!
• Share your family's history. Write about what you have researched so far and gift it to the family members who share your ancestors. They will appreciate receiving information about their ancestors and may become interested in joining you in your research efforts.