Not sure what to get the family historian in your life? Here are 5 gifts for genealogists that will help them out with all their tech.
(Note: the links below are Amazon affiliate links, meaning that Amazon pays me a little bit when someone buys through these links. Please know that these are products that I personally use and recommend.)
1. Jumbl Slide and Negative Scanner
If you have negatives or slides that you want to digitize, you need a scanner that’s designed to handle them. The Jumbl 22 MP All-in-1 Film & Slide Scanner is the scanner I wish I had several years ago when I was scanning slides for my parents’ anniversary party. (I’m thankful I have it now since I need to scan about 14 gajillion more!) The Jumbl scanner handles both slides and film negatives and scans at up to 22 megapixels. You can save up to 40 images in the unit or save the images to an SD card. You plug it in, so there’s no worrying about batteries running low. This little scanner really gets the job done.
2. Bluetooth Keyboard
If your favorite genealogist would rather use their iPad than a laptop, a bluetooth (wireless) keyboard is a must. I love using mine when I’m at conferences or other events when I don’t want to schlep around my laptop. The keyboard makes it so much easier to take notes. Some of them also serve as covers for the iPad.
3. Portable Smartphone Battery
We genealogists love our smartphones, but their batteries often don’t last as long as we’d like. That’s where a portable smartphone battery comes in handy. Charge it up before you leave and then when your phone dies, plug it into the portable battery. No more searching for an outlet at the library or archive! (This has saved me more than once!)
4. Multi-Outlet Charger
We need to recharge all of those phones and iPads at some point, but what do you do when you don’t have enough outlets? That’s when you need a multi-outlet charger. I swear by the Belkin mini-travel swivel charger. I have one that lives in my travel bag. (It’s so frustrating to get to a hotel that doesn’t have enough outlets!) What I love about the Belkin is that it has 3 3-prong outlets plus 2 USB outlets. The plug actually swivels, so you can adjust it however it will fit best into the outlet on the wall. So handy! It also serves as a surge protector. Seriously, I can’t say enough good things about this charger.
5. Laptop Lock
Help keep your laptop safe at the library or courthouse with a cable laptop lock. Wrap the cable around something like a table leg, pull the cable through the loop, and attach the cable to the laptop’s security slot. (It’s that little 1/4″ slot on the side of the laptop.) I like the locks that use a 4-digit combination, rather than a key.
By the way, there's nothing saying that you have to give any of these items away... Maybe you should treat yourself to a bit of tech this holiday season!