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Speaker for the Dead: A Genealogy Blog

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 […]

Antonia MARTÍNEZ Estrada

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

Profile – Antonia MARTÍNEZ Estrada

May is for mother’s day, so I am deviating from my LGBTQ Genealogy series this month to share some of my own genealogical writing. This is a profile of my maternal great grandmother, Antonia. I was lucky to meet her a couple of times. Once when […]

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