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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
When I discovered my son’s biological paternal line connected to Mayflower passengers Francis Cooke and Samuel Warren, I was thrilled and overwhelmed at the same time. I was happy to have made the connection to a seminal historic event while also thinking this was an awful lot of people to […]