LGBTQ Genealogy at Ancestry.com

By |2019-08-16T07:19:19-07:00August 15th, 2019|Categories: General Discusson, LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: , , |

Yesterday I had the fortunate opportunity to give my LGBTQ Genealogy presentation at Ancestry’s San Francisco office.

On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, 28 June 2019, I gave the same presentation at the Sutro Library at the invitation of Dvorah Lewis. […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 10

By |2019-07-25T13:26:32-07:00July 15th, 2019|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: , |

Newspapers – Part 3 – LGBTQ Periodicals

Hopefully, our ancestors didn’t appear in the news because of a police raid, but in their local gay community paper. Many LGBTQ Newspapers have started since Stonewall.

Here are newspapers and magazines serving the LGBTQ community.

Two of the earliest LGBTQ publications were from

  • The Mattachine Society […]
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LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 9

By |2019-06-24T06:16:12-07:00June 15th, 2019|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: , |

Newspapers – Part 2

This month, on the 28th of June, we mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village, New York. Stonewall was the watershed event sparking the modern gay rights movement. Our planet has come a long way in 50 years in acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 8

By |2019-07-15T06:26:57-07:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: , |

Newspapers – Part 1

Newspapers are a major resource for genealogists that can fill in personal history like no other record can. The same is true for finding LGBTQ family, especially if they had the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Police raids on queer clubs was […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 7

By |2019-06-18T09:54:43-07:00March 15th, 2019|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: |

LGBTQ in the US Census

In previous posts, I’ve talked about clues that may support an ancestor being LGBTQ. I’ve also written about the use of “Partner” as a relationship designation in 20th-century census records and how this might identify LGBTQ relationships. There is more LGBTQ history in the U.S. Census.

The […]

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HomoHistory.com

By |2019-06-18T11:10:24-07:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: |

When researching materials for this LGBTQ Genealogy lecture I came across a treasured photo blog called HomoHistory.com. The site, published by Jeffery Gent, preserves and shares vintage photographs of Gay & Lesbian people. There are 100’s of beautiful and touching images on this site. I strongly […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 6

By |2019-06-18T09:46:25-07:00January 15th, 2019|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: , |

Using the term “Partner” in Census Records

The term “Partner” was used in State and Federal census enumerations in the 20th Century. An example is the 1915 New York census entry for Anne Clark and Adele Albro, enumerated as Partners.

Use of the term “Partner” was vaguely defined in […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 5

By |2019-06-18T09:38:58-07:00December 15th, 2018|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: , |

Census Records

Genealogists use census records to track individuals and families over time and place. Finding an ancestor living with the same partner over subsequent census records is a good clue that they were in a committed relationship. An example from last month’s blog is Willa Cather.

Willa was a Pulitzer price willing […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 4

By |2019-06-18T09:09:56-07:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: , |

Famous and Infamous Census Records

One of the first records sets genealogists consult is the United States Decennial Census. The United States Census Bureau maintains a webpage for “Famous and Infamous Census Records” which highlights pages over the decades that list celebrities, both good and bad.

Amongst this listing we […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 3

By |2019-06-18T09:01:59-07:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: , |

Presentism

I first came upon the term “Present-ism” by reading Thomas MacEntee’s blog. Present-ism is the awareness of cautiously not applying today’s cultural norms to past societies. This applies to all genealogy subjects and applies especially to LGBTQ ancestors.

Our ancestors did not self-identify as “gay”, “lesbian”, “bisexual” […]

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