If you read my last post, then you will know that with a month to go I was writing my list for Santa (or at least as a massive hint for loved ones to buy me something useful this year!). So it is very timely that this news has come in from the team at TheGenealogist:
TheGenealogist Family History Shop is now open!
Christmas is coming; it’s that time for giving and receiving again.
Are you looking for some great gifts to make a family historian happy this festive period? Simply head over to the fantastic new shop pages recently added to TheGenealogist for a great selection of scanners, software, archival storage, spring binders and charts. Made available in association with S&N Genealogy Supplies, the UK’s largest genealogy publisher and retailer, your present selection is covered this Yuletide.
While you are there, why not browse for something for yourself? To make sure that you get what you want in your stocking this year, just drop your loved ones the hint by giving them TheGenealogist shop’s page link.
Christmas is coming; it's that time for giving and receiving again. So its probably a good idea to start thinking about what a family historian might want to put on this year's letter to Santa. So here is mine to get people started!
That shoe box of photos, certificates and A4 family-pedigrees could really do with being more organised. I would really love it if, this Christmas, under my tree I'd find some hard backed binders, to protect all that valuable research I've done and preserve it in a more presentable way for future generations of the family to read.
Gift vouchers to allow me to buy exactly what I want are always well received, especially if they are family history related!
I would also be so grateful if that kind person, who regularly gives me the box of shortbread's that does nothing for my waist line after all the other food on offer at this time of year, would substitute the biscuits with a non edible present instead. Perhaps a useful set of charts to present my family tree in a more attractive way than the print out from my computer, or the scribbled hand drawn tree on that sheet of paper that I have at the moment?
At the top of my list (hint ,hint!) would be a portable scanner, to capture images of the certificates and photographs that I see on visits to my relatives or at the archives.
As family historians we are constantly adding new records, certificates and photos to our research collection. The range available to us of archival and storage products is forever expanding too and the new addition to S&N's product range- the 'Window Springback Binder' is useful to those who like their binder covers without pre-designed lettering and the ability to add their own specific text.
This binder has a hard wearing cover, and comes without any gold lettering on the front and spine. There is a window on the front cover of the binder so you can add your own text. I purchased a binder from S&N last week and I'd recommend the high quality.
If you're looking for more binders for your research or to upgrade the ones you currently have, there's more details available from S&N Genealogy Supplies here.
If you're looking for early Christmas presents for a fellow family historian, then it may be worth taking advantage of this current offer from S&N Genealogy as reported in their latest email newsletter.
With certain Family History Springback Binders ordered before the end of November, you receive a FREE fold-out seven generation ancestor chart, which has been designed specifically for the Springback binders. If you'd like more information go to http://www.genealogysupplies.com/product/Springback-Binders/intro
The latest e-newsletter is now available to view from S&N Genealogy Supplies. To commemorate Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday , there are a number of articles devoted to the military service of our ancestors. There are details on the First World War images available in the 'Image Archive' database on TheGenealogist that really illustrate what life was like on the front line. There's also an interesting article on two brave British junior officers who paid the ultimate price doing their duty.
Included in this e-newsletter is the offer of a free chart available with 'springback binder' orders and details of Family Tree Maker 2014 now in stock. There's more at:
Browsing on You Tube this week, I notice S&N Genealogy Supplies have been active promoting their new Springback binders. Having purchased a couple the other week, I can testify how good they are but do take a look for yourself. The link is here with a full demonstration on how to use the binders.
Here's our tip for the week. Once you have collected those precious documents, photos and other memorabilia as part of your family history research, it's worth remembering to keep it safe and protected! For example, standard PVC sleeves can suffer from leaching of plasticizer, which will lift print off pages and ruin your valuable material.
To ensure that your collection of certificates and research documents are preserved in pristine condition, they should be kept in specialist binders with inert, archival quality sleeves. This keeps them in the best condition possible whilst still making them accessible, should you need to check your sources or share your research with friends and family.
I use the binders from S&N Genealogy Supplies. I particularly like the new A4 Springback binders they offer. Unlike ring binders, you don't have to punch any holes in the paper - you simply choose the sheets you want, fold the covers of the binder back, and place the paper into the spine. You can add or remove pages as many times as you like.
This binder has hardback covers with an acid-free lining, and has a 25mm capacity, which can hold up to 200 A4 pages. There's more details available here. Do you have any tips or advice that you use to protect all your valuable research?