Speaker for the Dead: A Genealogy Blog2018-07-31T05:29:40-07:00

Speaker for the Dead: A Genealogy Blog

Writing Your Own Obituary

By |November 15th, 2020|Categories: General Discusson|Tags: |

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 […]

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 20

By |October 15th, 2020|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: , |

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 […]

Taphophilia

By |August 15th, 2020|Categories: General Discusson|Tags: , , |

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 […]

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 18

By |July 15th, 2020|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: |

Long Before Gay Marriage

LGBTQ folk have lived in committed relationships for centuries and many scholars have written about historic queer relationships. As a young gay man, my introduction to gay history came from reading Judy Grahn’s book, Another Mother Tongue (1984, Beacon Press). In this book, […]

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 17

By |June 15th, 2020|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: |

From Domestic Partnership to Marriage

In August 1979, gay rights activist Tom Brougham proposed a new category of relationship called “domestic partnership” to address the inequality of job benefits only extending to heterosexually married couples.  Tom and a group of dedicated LGBTQ activists, which included my husband Leland Traiman, brought the […]

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