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Speaker for the Dead: A Genealogy Blog

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 5

By |December 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 |November 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 can […]

Geraldine, Who Are You? – Part 2

By |November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Publication|Tags: , , |

[This article was originally published in The California Nugget, Spring 2018 edition.]

Part 2 of 2 – [See Part 1]

Since Geraldine was born in 1928, then next obvious search was in the 1930 U.S. Census. [13] [See Image 4]

This seemed like a foster home. The Bouldrys were listed […]

Geraldine, Who are You? – Part 1

By |October 26th, 2018|Categories: Publication|Tags: , , |

[This article was originally published in The California Nugget, Spring 2018 edition.]

Part 1 of 2

Eighteen years ago, my husband and I adopted a baby boy at birth. He has brought much joy into our lives, including the joy of doing his birth family’s genealogy. My son is a Mayflower descendant […]

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 3

By |October 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” or […]

The Apple Tree – A Genealogy Parable

By |September 15th, 2018|Categories: General Discusson|Tags: |

Walking with my husband one evening, we noticed that our neighbors had planted a new tree in their yard. We stopped to admire the trellis and pinned branches. I thought from the leaf shape that it may be an apple tree.  I could have continued our walk, but curiosity said […]