About Stewart Blandón Traiman

Stewart has gathered a wide breadth of genealogical source knowledge with over 30 years of experience in the field, both online and offline. He speaks on LGBTQ Genealogy, Excel for Genealogists, Citations, and more. He's been blogging about LGBTQ Genealogy since 2018.

Finding the Mystery Father of Ernest Piatt with Autosomal DNA Matches – Part 1 of 3

By |2024-06-16T14:38:55-07:00June 16th, 2024|

by Stewart Blandón Traiman, MD

[This article was originally published in The California Nugget, Spring 2024 edition.]

In my son’s (J.T.) paternal lineage, there is a persistent mystery surrounding a third great-grandfather whose identity was thought to be unknowable. Ernest Richard Piatt, J.T.’s biological second-great-grandfather, was raised not knowing who his father was. Ernest’s […]

Evidence Explained: Third Edition vs. Fourth Edition

By |2024-03-12T13:50:23-07:00March 12th, 2024|

Upon discovering the imminent release of a new edition of Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifact to Cyberspace, I was filled with both eager anticipation and apprehension of change. The third edition (revised) was published seven years ago in 2017, and the prospect of a refreshed volume piqued […]

Poor Penmanship Confuses the Identify of Mary Yearwood Weast Rose

By |2024-01-18T14:30:38-08:00January 18th, 2024|

Samuel Rose married in Macon County, North Carolina on 16 April 1836.[i] His bondsman was Jonathan Phillip. Both Samuel’s and Jonathan’s names are legible on the document. However, the name of Samuel’s spouse is not written clearly and looks like this…

The first name reads as “May,” but […]

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 15a

By |2023-11-19T08:22:48-08:00June 14th, 2023|

Happy Pride Month Everyone!!

This is a month to honor all LGBTQ+ folk past, present, and future. As genealogists and family historians, when we encounter individuals in our family trees that raise our rainbow flag or set off our “gaydar,” it’s crucial to pay attention to that intuition and delve deeper. […]

Nicaragua Genealogy

By |2023-04-16T09:38:00-07:00April 16th, 2023|

Nicaragua Genealogy

A brief time ago, FamilySearch posted new databases for church records in Nicaragua – Archivo Diocesano de Granada (Nicaragua). This group contains baptismal, matrimonial, and death records for churches in Boaco, Diriomo, Granada, Nandiame, Ometepe, and Rivas. I was especially happy to see three databases that relate to […]

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They / Them Pronouns

By |2023-11-19T07:54:54-08:00March 15th, 2023|

Using “They” or “Them” as pronouns is the appropriate and respectful choice for non-binary individuals or anyone who identifies with these terms. I candidly admit that adapting to what my mind perceives as plural terms has been challenging. It’s not a resistance to acknowledging preferred pronouns; rather, it’s the need […]

Archoral for Genealogy Inclusivity

By |2023-11-18T21:56:00-08:00February 15th, 2023|

A Glimpse into Archoral: Empowering Diversity in Genealogy

After presenting “LGBTQ Genealogy” at the National Genealogical Society (NGS) conference in Sacramento in May 2022, a vibrant discussion unfolded among a small group of attendees who lingered for a post-session discussion. Among them was Kate Guanci, the CEO and founder of

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Meet the Elite Podcast – a cautionary tale

By |2023-05-07T13:23:20-07:00January 21st, 2023|

In early January I answered a phone call, though I’m always suspicious of telemarketers. The human on the other end politely introduced themselves and said they were interested in interviewing me for a podcast segment on genealogy. Ok, they had my interest, and I decreased my apprehension. They explained the […]

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