LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 15a

By |2023-11-19T08:22:48-08:00June 14th, 2023|

Happy Pride Month Everyone!!

This is a month to honor all LGBTQ+ folk past, present, and future. As genealogists and family historians, when we encounter individuals in our family trees that raise our rainbow flag or set off our “gaydar,” it’s crucial to pay attention to that intuition and delve deeper. […]

They / Them Pronouns

By |2023-11-19T07:54:54-08:00March 15th, 2023|

Using “They” or “Them” as pronouns is the appropriate and respectful choice for non-binary individuals or anyone who identifies with these terms. I candidly admit that adapting to what my mind perceives as plural terms has been challenging. It’s not a resistance to acknowledging preferred pronouns; rather, it’s the need […]

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 13a

By |2023-11-18T21:19:48-08:00September 15th, 2021|

Medical Records

During a recent LGBTQ Genealogy presentation in Ohio, a participant reminded me of an additional genealogical record source that could provide insights into LGBTQ history – medical records. Similar to the discussion on Police and Prison Records in Part 13, medical records are generally not accessible to the […]

LGBTQ Genealogy & Software – Part 5

By |2023-11-18T20:30:49-08:00June 16th, 2021|


Last month, we delved into the possibility of having more LGBTQ-friendly genealogy software. A software that goes beyond DNA connections and embraces the concept of Family History. A system that acknowledges families with more than two opposite-sex parents, recognizing and weighing the importance of all parents beyond just biological […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy & Software – Part 4

By |2023-11-18T20:22:13-08:00May 15th, 2021|

Constellations: Designing Inclusive Genealogical Software

In an ideal world, genealogical software should be as diverse as the families it seeks to document. If I could design the perfect software, one that embraces the inclusivity of LGBTQ+ experiences and all family structures, it would be aptly named Constellations. The core philosophy of […]

LGBTQ Genealogy & Software – Part 3

By |2023-11-18T16:12:52-08:00April 15th, 2021|

Modernizing Genealogical Software for Inclusive Family Histories

Genealogical software has played a pivotal role in documenting family histories, but the evolution of family constellations has outpaced the capabilities of most applications. In this blog post, we’ll explore the current state of genealogical software, focusing on same-sex relationship documentation and the […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy at FindMyPast

By |2023-11-18T15:19:52-08:00March 15th, 2021|

FindMyPast At Home Interview Recap

I extend my gratitude to Jen Baldwin and Eleanor Overthrow-Jones of FindMyPast for their interest in LGBTQ Genealogy. A heartfelt thank you to all the listeners who participated in the live interview on February 25, 2021, or are currently watching the recording on

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LGBTQ Genealogy & Software – Part 2

By |2023-11-18T15:00:44-08:00February 15th, 2021|

Evolving Family Structures

In our rapidly changing world, family structures are diversifying, challenging the traditional norms embedded in genealogical software. As I discussed in the previous installment, family constellations today are often unique and complex, encompassing relationships defined by DNA, adoption, step-parenting, fostering, or personal choice. It’s not just an […]

LGBTQ Genealogy & Software – Part 1

By |2023-11-18T14:21:21-08:00January 15th, 2021|

Imagine Software Beyond Hetero-Centricity

This installment marks a shift in our LGBTQ Genealogy series, turning the spotlight onto genealogical software—both online and offline. Often, the available software falls short in accommodating diverse family constellations, as it tends to be hetero-centric, designed primarily for cisgender, heterosexual couples with biological children. To […]

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