Gays in the Military has a very long and complex history in the USA since the founding of the country. I will briefly discuss major events in US history and share two stories of significant service member. For genealogist the important take away from this blog is […]
As discussed in previous blogs on finding LGBTQ folk in newspapers, it is possible an ancestor was arrested in a police raid of gay club. They may also have been arrested for “tea rooming” or “cottaging”. They may have been arrested for a […]
In August I was fortunate to land a job with My China Roots. They needed a San Francisco Bay Area local willing to scan in Chinese genealogy books that would then be posted on their website. My China Roots, founded by Huihan Lie in 2012, aims to […]
After death, those living in committed relationships had no legal control on how their families chose to deal with their remains. Their partners, not being legally married had no rights or say. Often lovers were split up by their surviving family members.
In rare cases, before the late 20th century, you […]
From Newspapers, we also can find the ever-helpful obituary. I love a good obituary that takes the trouble of listing all living relatives and all pre-deceased relatives. Sometimes there an unexpected answer in these details, such as half-siblings or blended families. What was once confusing relations in a tree can […]