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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 […]

Deadname

By |2021-05-09T07:50:49-07:00February 15th, 2020|

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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