There are indeed some fun genealogy t-shirts out there with phrases like, “Genealogy: where you disturb the dead and irritate the living;” “Eat. Sleep. Genealogy. Repeat.;” and our personal favorite, “Introverted, but willing to discuss genealogy.” While these may be great options for a non-milestone birthday or a grab-bag Christmas present, if you’re in search of a unique family history gift for a more momentous occasion (like a 50th anniversary or welcoming a new baby to the family), you may want to step it up a notch (or two).

For the genealogy buff who has everything, these high-end (some might even say, “luxury”) gifts are sure to surprise and delight. They can be gifted individually or come from a group and are sure to be one-of-kind experiences or keepsakes that will be treasured by the recipient. Several can even be passed down to later generations.

Note: All rates are taken from applicable websites and shown in U.S. dollars as of Nov. 1, 2021.


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Have you heard the phrase, “Go big, or go home?” Well, with heritage tours, you can do both. There are a variety of tour companies to choose from, but arguably one of the biggest names in ancestry research, Ancestry.com, offers “Spotlight on Heritage with Ancestry” tours under its AncestryProGenealogists® brand. An upcoming example is their Dublin to London (Southampton) English Channel Passage 12-Night tour scheduled for July 3, 2022. This genealogy cruise aboard the Seven Seas Voyager® travels around the shores of the British Isles and includes up to 55 free shore excursions. If your giftee’s ancestors are from this area, this might be the gift for you. On-board genealogy experts provide presentations and private sessions with daily reveals throughout the trip. At the time of this writing, the 2-for-1 fare (business class air included) per person starts at $13,399. For more information on this tour, and others, visit https://www.progenealogists.com/heritage-tourism.

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Looking for something a little closer to home (and perhaps a bit less expensive)? A gift of a local, regional, or national genealogy conference may be a more suitable option. The National Genealogical Society will be presenting the “Our American Mosaic” Family History Conference in Sacramento, CA on May 24-28, 2022. The in-person conference will be held at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center. Featuring more than 150 genealogy lectures and pre-conference tours of the region, conference rates have not been set at the time of this writing. Follow up for more information and rate announcements at https://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/.

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For an option so close that the giftee will not need to leave the comfort of their home, a subscription to ancestry.com may be just the ticket. With ancestry.com‘s current Holiday Sale (through Nov. 24, 2021), you can save up to 30% on an Ancestry® Gift Membership. There are three membership levels to choose from. The 1-year U.S. Discovery membership is on sale for $151; World Explorer for $209; and the All Access for $272. Visit https://www.ancestry.com for more details.

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For the ancestry buff who already has an ancestry.com membership, if they’ve hit a brick wall, they may be in need of professional help. Ancestry.com has just the answer with their AncestryProGenealogists® services including Genealogy Research (starting at $2,700 for 20 hours of research), Citizenship Research (starting at $3,375 for 25 hours of research), and Lineage Society Membership (starting at $3,375 for 25 hours of research). For more information, visit
https://www.progenealogists.com/the-products.

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Maybe your giftee doesn’t need professional help because they are practically professionals themselves. If they’re ready to take the next step, a gift of accreditation or certification might be on their wish list. The Board for Certification of Genealogists offers a certification process that includes a preliminary application ($75) followed by a final application ($300). Details of the process can be found at https://bcgcertification.org/process/. The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, internationally recognized as ICAPGen℠, offers 3 levels of accreditation (each at $100). Visit https://www.icapgen.org/become-accredited/ for more information.

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Might your giftee be looking for a more formal education in genealogy? The Boston University Genealogy Studies Program will be offering two online courses in January 2022. On January 13, 2022, both the 7-week course “Genealogical Principles” ($995) and the 15-week “Certificate in Genealogical Research” ($2,695) begin. Enrollment deadline is Dec. 31, 2021. For details visit https://genealogyonline.bu.edu/.

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One of the greatest challenges for any genealogist is how best to present their treasure trove of findings. It should come as no surprise that AncestryProGenealogists® has a suite of products to help out. More information on how to create and purchase three of these products: the Family History Book, Family Narrative, and Children’s Book, can be found at https://www.progenealogists.com/books-and-oral-histories. For a more visual approach to presentation, you might want to try a Family History Documentary Film from Heirloom Films and Storybooks at https://www.heirloomfilms.ca/family-history/.

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…And last, but not least, our customized ancestry art pieces are one-of-kind gifts that can be proudly displayed in the home. Sure to become cherished family keepsakes, they can be passed down for generations to come. AncestryGifts.com offers three vibrant pieces of original ancestry art: Matrilineal (female line through 6 generations), Patrilineal (male line through 6 generations), and DNA Ancestry Map. Prices range from $175 for digital-only to $395 for professionally framed prints. For details on ordering your custom ancestry art visit https://www.AncestryGifts.com.

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