LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 15a

By |2023-06-14T22:48:12-07:00June 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 come across someone in our trees that raises our rainbow flag/gaydar, then we should pay attention to that tingling, and follow it through. This LGBTQ Genealogy Blog […]

They / Them Pronouns

By |2023-03-15T18:56:48-07:00March 15th, 2023|

They or Them are the appropriate pronouns to use for non-binary people or anyone who chooses these terms as their personal pronouns. I admit that I have found it difficult to adapt to what my mind considers plural terms. It’s not that I don’t want to adapt or refuse to […]

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 13a

By |2021-09-15T05:41:47-07:00September 15th, 2021|

Medical Records

At a recent LGBTQ Genealogy presentation in Ohio, a participant reminded me of another genealogical record source that may lead to clues on LGBTQ history – medical records. Like Police and Prison Records discussed in Part 13, medical records are not generally available to the public. But with […]

LGBTQ Genealogy & Software – Part 5

By |2021-06-21T05:17:33-07:00June 16th, 2021|


As I discussed last month, it is possible to have genealogy software that is more LGBTQ friendly. Software that allows for Family History, not just DNA connections. Software that recognizes people have more than two opposite sex parents. A system that allows for recognition and weighting of the real parents, […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy & Software – Part 4

By |2021-06-16T21:04:04-07:00May 15th, 2021|


If I could design the ideal genealogical software, something that was completely inclusive of LGBTQ people, and everyone else’s differences, I would call it Constellations. The basis of the software is about making connections between people and not just filling in the DNA bloodlines. I will demonstrate that premise in […]

LGBTQ Genealogy & Software – Part 3

By |2021-04-15T20:30:21-07:00April 15th, 2021|

Current Software Do’s and Don’ts

Family constellations, of all kinds, continue to evolve and change. Our genealogical software options have not kept up with these changes. One of the simplest changes would be allowing for the documentation of same-sex relationships. Yet some programs still do not have functionality for this simplest […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy at FindMyPast

By |2021-05-09T07:46:06-07:00March 15th, 2021|

FindMyPast At Home Interview

I am grateful to Jen Baldwin and Eleanor Overthrow-Jones of FindMyPast for the interest in LGBTQ Genealogy. I also thank all the listeners who logged into the live interview on 25 February 2021 or are now watching it on YouTube. On the day of the interview, […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy & Software – Part 2

By |2021-04-15T04:22:10-07:00February 15th, 2021|

Our Changing World is Not New

Last month I wrote about my family constellation. It is unique and complex, but I am not the only one with a unique and complex mix of people I consider family by DNA, by adoption, by step, by fostering, or by choice. To tell a […]

LGBTQ Genealogy & Software – Part 1

By |2021-04-15T04:22:53-07:00January 15th, 2021|

Family History vs. DNA Genealogy

This blog series on LBGTQ Genealogy will now shift focus to genealogical software, both online and offline. Often, for our families, available software doesn’t fit. Software is written hetero-centrically, for a cis male / cis female coupling that have biological children. To demonstrate, I will tell […]

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