This two-hour presentation focuses on clues in the genealogical records to find ancestors that may have been Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer. Stewart tells stories of many LGBTQ ancestors in the historical context of LGBTQ rights. Clues to ancestors can be found in photographs, census, newspapers, obituaries, cemeteries, military records, marriage records, and LGBTQ Archives around the world. The presentation is both factual and emotional in portraying LGBTQ people in the past centuries.
The second part of the presentation focuses on current genealogical software and the difficulty faced by LGBTQ and adoptive families. Sometimes the software just doesn’t fit. Stewart makes recommendations on how software needs to evolve for today’s families.
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- Increase awareness of clues in the genealogical record that will raise a “rainbow flag”.
- Write about LGBTQ ancestors just like any other person in a tree, openly and honestly.
- LGBTQ, adoptive, and stepfamilies all have similar struggles with current genealogy software.