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Speaker for the Dead: A Genealogy Blog

LGBTQ Genealogy & Software – Part 6

By |August 15th, 2021|

LGBTQ Genealogy and Software – A Conclusion

Our families often have configurations that extend beyond the traditional two-parent model. Adoptions, step-relationships, remarriages, children born to unpartnered parents, and non-biological connections are just a few examples of the diverse ways people come together to form a family. However, the genealogical software currently […]

Digitizing Records

By |July 15th, 2021|

Preserving Records from the California Genealogical Society

I enjoy genealogy research because it brings forgotten stories back to life. Piecing together a person’s life story using online databases with document images is energizing. One clue leads to another and with luck you’ll come to know who that ancestor was.

Genealogy has been […]

LGBTQ Genealogy & Software – Part 5

By |June 16th, 2021|

GEDCOM

Last month, we delved into the possibility of having more LGBTQ-friendly genealogy software. A software that goes beyond DNA connections and embraces the concept of Family History. A system that acknowledges families with more than two opposite-sex parents, recognizing and weighing the importance of all parents beyond just biological […]

LGBTQ Genealogy & Software – Part 4

By |May 15th, 2021|

Constellations: Designing Inclusive Genealogical Software

In an ideal world, genealogical software should be as diverse as the families it seeks to document. If I could design the perfect software, one that embraces the inclusivity of LGBTQ+ experiences and all family structures, it would be aptly named Constellations. The core philosophy of […]

LGBTQ Genealogy & Software – Part 3

By |April 15th, 2021|

Modernizing Genealogical Software for Inclusive Family Histories

Genealogical software has played a pivotal role in documenting family histories, but the evolution of family constellations has outpaced the capabilities of most applications. In this blog post, we’ll explore the current state of genealogical software, focusing on same-sex relationship documentation and the […]

LGBTQ Genealogy at FindMyPast

By |March 15th, 2021|


FindMyPast At Home Interview Recap

I extend my gratitude to Jen Baldwin and Eleanor Overthrow-Jones of FindMyPast for their interest in LGBTQ Genealogy. A heartfelt thank you to all the listeners who participated in the live interview on February 25, 2021, or are currently watching the recording on

LGBTQ Genealogy & Software – Part 2

By |February 15th, 2021|

Evolving Family Structures

In our rapidly changing world, family structures are diversifying, challenging the traditional norms embedded in genealogical software. As I discussed in the previous installment, family constellations today are often unique and complex, encompassing relationships defined by DNA, adoption, step-parenting, fostering, or personal choice. It’s not just an […]

LGBTQ Genealogy & Software – Part 1

By |January 15th, 2021|

Imagine Software Beyond Hetero-Centricity

This installment marks a shift in our LGBTQ Genealogy series, turning the spotlight onto genealogical software—both online and offline. Often, the available software falls short in accommodating diverse family constellations, as it tends to be hetero-centric, designed primarily for cisgender, heterosexual couples with biological children. To […]

#LGBTQgenealogy: A History

By |December 15th, 2020|

#LGBTQGenealogy: Charting its Evolution

In 2017, Judy Russell, known as The Legal Genealogist, delivered a compelling presentation at the FGS Conference in Pittsburgh titled “Rainbows and Kaleidoscopes: Inclusion as a Society and Corporate Genealogical Standard.” Her call for diversity and inclusivity within the genealogical profession resonated deeply, challenging the narrative […]

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