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Speaker for the Dead: A Genealogy Blog

1947 Partition Archive

By |May 15th, 2019|Categories: General Discusson|Tags: |

1947 Partition Archives

Next week I complete my 2-month (30 hours per week) internship at The 1947 Partition Archives in Berkeley, Ca. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the archive, preserving the stories of firsthand witnesses to the upheaval caused by Partition. In August 1947, British India was divided to […]

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 8

By |April 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 |March 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 |January 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 |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 […]