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Speaker for the Dead: A Genealogy Blog

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 14

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

Gays in the Military

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 […]

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 13

By |December 15th, 2019|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: , , |

Police and Prison Records

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 […]

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 12

By |October 15th, 2019|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: , |


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 […]

LGBTQ Genealogy – Part 11

By |September 15th, 2019|Categories: LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: , , |


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 […]

LGBTQ Genealogy at Ancestry.com

By |August 15th, 2019|Categories: General Discusson, LGBTQ Genealogy|Tags: , , |

Yesterday I had the fortunate opportunity to give my LGBTQ Genealogy presentation at Ancestry’s San Francisco office.

On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, 28 June 2019, I gave the same presentation at the Sutro Library at the invitation of Dvorah Lewis. […]