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Saturday Cyber Savings – It’s Not Too Late!

Last minute gifts for the genealogist in your life! No need to worry about shipping!

Family Tree Magazine is one of the premier magazines in the industry. You can order the print and Kindle version – the Kindle version will be available immediately for download. Save 36% here:

Family Tree Magazine

How about a subscription to Find my If you have ancestry in the U.K. this site has some valuable resources. I found newspaper articles about my great uncle’s death at sea when he was travelling home to retire in Scotland, after a lifetime of working in the diamond mines in South Africa. Give a subscription to FindMyPast here:

Find my Past



Advertised as the world’s largest online family history resource, I highly recommend a subscription to I have been a member for years. If your genealogist is new to, how about a gift of a 60 minute webinar on Making the Most of You can purchase the webinar here:

Making the Most of Webinar

Have a happy and safe holiday! My very best wishes for the year ahead.

Book Bargains

I love this handy little reference book for putting historical context into my family history. It also helps to perhaps solve some family mysteries, for example, “Why did Uncle Harry leave his family behind and move to California in 1850?” (Hint: gold rush.) Finding out what was happening at the time and place where your ancestor lived can go a long way in understanding what it was like to live in their world. The book now comes in ebook format at a 32% savings – available for immediate download at Shop Family

The Genealogist’s U.S. History Pocket Reference eBook

Historical maps can also add a lot of clarity to your family history research. I use them all the time! I own the book Family Tree Historical Map Books.

Family Tree HIstorical Maps Book has bundled it with Family Tree Historical Maps Book: Europe for 53% off of the cover price!
Family Tree Maps Book Bundle Only $34.99 at Shop Family Tree

Click here to go to Shop Family Use the promo code THANKS20 to receive an additional 20% off your order. Hurry! This promotion ends December 31st.

And while you are there check out all of the other great offerings at including webinars, books and other genealogy gifts.


Saturday’s Special Suggestions – Preparing for the Holidays

In preparing for the hubbub of the holidays, don’t forget to be prepared to spend some time talking with your relatives and collecting their stories.

If you’re visiting their house they may have some photographs that you’d like to copy, but Aunt Millie won’t let you take them home. Here’s a suggestion – bring a Flip-Pal. I love my Flip-Pal. See my post about the Flip-Pal and what I’ve done with it from 9 May 2014:

Flip-Pal Blog post

You can find out more and get discounts here:

Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner

Do you want to record Aunt Millie’s stories? Great idea! A small handheld recorder with microphone is a good choice. Years ago I purchased an Olympus Digital Voice Recorder. The quality was very good and recordings could be downloaded to my computer. Here is the updated version of that recorder:

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-852, Silver with Noise Canceling Microphone

I highly recommend that you include the noise canceling microphone for the best quality of these important recordings. The microphone is very small and not so intimidating for Aunt Millie.

As a family historian do you have lots of photos, family letters and memorabilia that need to be preserved? Is the family asking for gift suggestions for you? Hollinger makes a variety of boxes to preserve everything from photos to uniforms. Choose the size and style that fits your needs:

Hollinger Boxes

It’s not too late to get these in time for Christmas, but don’t wait too long!

Saturday Cyber Savings – November 28th

I have a confession: I love online shopping. There, I’ve said it. No apologies. I have another confession: I love a bargain. I have no control over that – I’m of Scottish heritage and I was born in Maine. It’s in my DNA – it’s called the “Double Frugal Gene.” That being said, I have decided to write an occasional blog post to share fabulous finds that you might find interesting too. They will include among other things book bargains, photography finds, genealogy goodies and even some freebies. I’ll be upfront with you – I am an affiliate for several companies. What does that mean? That means if you use the link imbedded here to purchase an item I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn’t change your price – you get a great bargain and I make a little money to support my genealogy habit of rescuing old photos and finding the family to whom they belong. Win, win.

So, let’s get underway. Here is what I have found for you or the genealogist in your life:

If you’re just starting work on your genealogy, the web is a good place to start (although not EVERYTHING is online!). There are a lot of free websites that can jump start your research. For just $2.99, Nancy Hendrickson has compiled a list of 101 free  websites in her book:

101 of the Best Websites for Climbing Your Family Tree

I’ve told you how I love using Photoshop to repair old photos. Here’s a 40% savings on Adobe Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 14:

Adobe Elements & Premiere Elements 14

or if you just want Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 save 39% here:

Adobe Photoshop Elements 14

And if you’re going to try Photoshop, you’ll need a guide. Save 47% on the Dummies Guide:

Photoshop Elements 14 For Dummies Kindle Edition

With the Holidays upon us take the time to gather family stories while visiting with relatives and don’t forget to write the stories down! This FREE book (a quick read) will help:

Family Story Toolkit: Using Nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Fiction to Tell Your Stories (Quick & Easy Guides for Genealogists Book 4) Kindle Edition

Thomas MacEntee’s book offers some ways to save on your genealogical research. While this is not on sale, the $2.99 price tag will pay for itself many times over:

The 15 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists

If you’re looking for a quick gift for the genealogist in the family save 36% on one of the best magazines in the industry:

Family Tree Magazine

And finally, this is an item that I have on my personal wish list. As a researcher I spend a lot of time sitting. Although I go to the gym regularly, I’ve found that as I get older my motivation to go to the gym is declining (especially on frigid New England mornings when the car is covered with snow!). This work station maybe just the ticket. Save 20% on this five star rated work station:

Stamina Wirk Ride Cycling Workstation


Note that online sales can be sold out or have a limited time frame – if you’re interested in any of these items, don’t wait too long! I don’t want you to miss out. Happy Holidays and Happy Savings!