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LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 9

By |2019-06-18T10:10:25-07:00June 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, […]

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 8

By |2019-06-18T10:07:17-07:00April 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 3

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


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” […]

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 2

By |2019-06-18T08:58:11-07:00August 15th, 2018|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: , |

Speaking Truth

When writing our ancestors stories, we want to tell the most truthful account of their lives that we can. Yet when it comes to LGBTQ ancestors I hear some family historians say they don’t want to “out” their ancestor. Or that their ancestor chose to keep this part of […]

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 1

By |2019-06-18T11:30:31-07:00August 1st, 2018|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: |

As genealogists, we reconstruct our family history from genealogical records. We attempt to discover who our ancestors were and what types of lives they led. Marriage and Birth records confirm relationships and essentially tell us who our ancestors were having sex with. Until recently those marriage records only proved heterosexual relationships.

Lesbian, Gay, […]