Cue the tenuous link to Christmas...!
If you are looking for a genealogy book for a relative as a Christmas present, I have a few in print which you should still hopefully be able to get in time for Christmas! here's a list, and details on where to get them:
For family history research, the following are available in the UK:
Researching Scottish Family History (Family History Partnership)
Also on sale at the ScotlandsPeople Centre - this book is a beginner's guide, packed with tips and sources, and I think probably the most inexpensive book on the market for the areas it covers
Tracing Your Family History on the Internet (Pen and Sword)
The top websites and areas to go for family history resources available online - arranged thematically, and then country by country, and county by county, for the United Kingdom
(A follow up book, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, will hopefully be released at Who Do You Think You Are Live 2013)
From Unlock the Past in Australia:
Discover Scottish Church Records (Unlock the Past)
Discover Scottish Land Records (Unlock the Past)
NB: The above two go beyond the basics in the respective areas of church and land records - the websites have detailed descriptions of the contents. If on interest, best to order quick to beat the postal rush!
Irish Family History Resources Online (Unlock the Past)
And one just to put the feet up for and read:
The Mount Stewart Murder: A Re-Examination of the UK's Oldest Unsolved Murder Case (The History Press)
www.thehistorypress.co.uk/products/The-Mount-Stewart-Murder.aspx £13.49 paperback
Also available in ebook formats via Amazon Kindle and iTunes. The true story of the unsolved murder of my three times great grandmother in Perthshire, 1866, the longest unsolved cold case still on the books of the UK's modern police forces.
Hopefully something there might be of interest!
Scotland 1750-1850 - 5 weeks online Pharos course, £45.99, taught by Chris Paton from 2 NOV 2012 - see www.pharostutors.com
New book: It's Perthshire 1866 - there's been a murder... www.thehistorypress.co.uk/products/The-Mount-Stewart-Murder.aspx (from June 12th 2012)