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Digitizing Records

By |2021-07-15T06:15:57-07:00July 15th, 2021|

Preserving Records from the California Genealogical Society

I enjoy genealogy research because it brings forgotten stories back to life. Piecing together a person’s life story using online databases with document images is energizing. One clue leads to another and with luck you’ll come to know who that ancestor was.

Genealogy has been […]

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 […]

LGBTQ Genealogy at Ancestry.com

By |2021-05-09T07:48:08-07:00August 15th, 2019|

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. […]

The Apple Tree – A Genealogy Parable

By |2019-06-18T10:58:30-07:00September 15th, 2018|

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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