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By |2020-08-08T09:05:02-07:00August 15th, 2020|Categories: General Discusson|Tags: , , |


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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Antonia MARTÍNEZ Estrada

By |2020-02-23T08:15:50-08:00May 15th, 2020|Categories: General Discusson|Tags: , , , |

Profile – Antonia MARTÍNEZ Estrada

May is for mother’s day, so I am deviating from my LGBTQ Genealogy series this month to share some of my own genealogical writing. This is a profile of my maternal great grandmother, Antonia. I was lucky to meet her a couple of times. Once when […]

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By |2020-02-15T05:09:30-08:00February 15th, 2020|Categories: General Discusson, LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: , , |

Writing about Transgender People

Recently, a reader of this LBGTQ Genealogy blog series asked me how to properly document trans family members.  That is an excellent question, worthy of its own genealogy education blog post.

In genealogy, there is precedent to document women with their maiden names, not their married names. This […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy at Ancestry.com

By |2019-08-16T07:19:19-07:00August 15th, 2019|Categories: General Discusson, LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: , , |

Yesterday I had the fortunate opportunity to give my LGBTQ Genealogy presentation at Ancestry’s San Francisco office.

On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, 28 June 2019, I gave the same presentation at the Sutro Library at the invitation of Dvorah Lewis. […]

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1947 Partition Archive

By |2019-06-20T05:57:49-07:00May 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 […]

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The Apple Tree – A Genealogy Parable

By |2019-06-18T10:58:30-07:00September 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 […]

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Why Six Generations?

By |2019-06-18T10:45:35-07:00July 15th, 2018|Categories: General Discusson|Tags: , , , |

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 […]

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