Nicaragua Genealogy

By |2023-04-16T09:38:00-07:00April 16th, 2023|

Nicaragua Genealogy

A brief time ago, FamilySearch posted new databases for church records in Nicaragua – Archivo Diocesano de Granada (Nicaragua). This group contains baptismal, matrimonial, and death records for churches in Boaco, Diriomo, Granada, Nandiame, Ometepe, and Rivas. I was especially happy to see three databases that relate to […]

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 […]

Writing Your Own Obituary

By |2020-11-15T07:30:54-08:00November 15th, 2020|

Write your own obituary, because who can do it better than you? Who amongst your surviving relatives will know why you took the life paths you did? Who will have the insight and writing skills to convey to generations to come who you were in life?

As genealogists, we are happy […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 20

By |2020-12-14T21:34:04-08:00October 15th, 2020|

Putting it all together

Throughout this blog series, I’ve written about finding clues in the genealogical record that might raise a rainbow flag.  Remember the confirmed bachelor or spinster aunt was not by default unlucky in finding a spouse. Perhaps they did have long-term partners but there was no legal record […]


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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Geraldine, Who Are You? – Part 2

By |2019-06-18T11:06:26-07:00November 2nd, 2018|

[This article was originally published in The California Nugget, Spring 2018 edition.]

Part 2 of 2 – [See Part 1]

Since Geraldine was born in 1928, then next obvious search was in the 1930 U.S. Census. [13] [See Image 4]

This seemed like a foster home. The Bouldrys were listed […]

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LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 3

By |2019-06-18T09:01:59-07:00October 15th, 2018|


I first came upon the term “Present-ism” by reading Thomas MacEntee’s blog. Present-ism is the awareness of cautiously not applying today’s cultural norms to past societies. This applies to all genealogy subjects and applies especially to LGBTQ ancestors.

Our ancestors did not self-identify as “gay”, “lesbian”, “bisexual” […]

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