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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.

LGBTQ Genealogy & Software – Part 3

By |2021-04-15T20:30:21-07:00April 15th, 2021|

Current Software Do’s and Don’ts

Family constellations, of all kinds, continue to evolve and change. Our genealogical software options have not kept up with these changes. One of the simplest changes would be allowing for the documentation of same-sex relationships. Yet some programs still do not have functionality for this simplest […]

LGBTQ Genealogy at FindMyPast

By |2021-03-15T07:37:39-07:00March 15th, 2021|


FindMyPast At Home Interview

I am grateful to Jen Baldwin and Eleanor Overthrow-Jones of FindMyPast for the interest in LGBTQ Genealogy. I also thank all the listeners who logged into the live interview on 25 February 2021 or are now watching it on YouTube. On the day of the interview, […]

LGBTQ Genealogy & Software – Part 2

By |2021-04-15T04:22:10-07:00February 15th, 2021|

Our Changing World is Not New

Last month I wrote about my family constellation. It is unique and complex, but I am not the only one with a unique and complex mix of people I consider family by DNA, by adoption, by step, by fostering, or by choice. To tell a […]

LGBTQ Genealogy & Software – Part 1

By |2021-04-15T04:22:53-07:00January 15th, 2021|

Family History vs. DNA Genealogy

This blog series on LBGTQ Genealogy will now shift focus to genealogical software, both online and offline. Often, for our families, available software doesn’t fit. Software is written hetero-centrically, for a cis male / cis female coupling that have biological children. To demonstrate, I will tell […]

#LGBTQgenealogy: A History

By |2020-12-15T15:35:56-08:00December 15th, 2020|

At the 2017 FGS Conference, I was inspired by Judy Russell and her presentation entitled “Rainbows and Kaleidoscopes: Inclusion as a Society and Corporate Genealogical Standard.” Judy, The Legal Genealogist, a well-respected professional holding significant community status, was telling her own industry to become more inclusive of diversity.  All our […]

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 20

By |2020-12-14T21:34:04-08:00October 15th, 2020|

Putting it all together

Throughout this blog series, I’ve written about finding clues in the genealogical record that might raise a rainbow flag.  Remember the confirmed bachelor or spinster aunt was not by default unlucky in finding a spouse. Perhaps they did have long-term partners but there was no legal record […]

Taphophilia

By |2020-08-08T09:05:02-07:00August 15th, 2020|

Taphophilia

I love cemeteries.

I am a taphophile. And maybe you are too.

Taphophilia is “a love of funerals, cemeteries and the rituals of death.” [1]  You might also call me a Tombstone Tourist but I like the term taphophile best.

Cemeteries are art, history, genealogy, class, religion all rolled into one. A grave allows a tangible […]

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