25 June 2013

Forbidden Forebears: Finding the GLBT Ancestors in Your Family

source: http://www.visittucson.org/about/glbt/

Michael J Leclerc wrote an excellent article for the Mocavo blog titled Forbidden Forebears: Finding the GLBT Ancestors in Your Family. He did so to recognize that June is celebrated internationally as Pride Month for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people.

In the course of my research for clients, I have come across some of the same “clues.”  I remember one male moving to Florida later in his life and all of a sudden in the census he was listed with a (male) “partner” and they were a gardener and actor. I will admit that it took me awhile to figure out what the story was.  If I had read Michael’s article – I would have figured it all out a bit quicker!

As Michael says, look at his suggestions as clues.  Just because someone might “fit” doesn’t mean that they were GLBT and it is worth considering.

Throughout history many individuals have had to subvert “who” they are due to persecution – religious, ethnic, sexual orientation, etc – and, that just makes our work as a genealogy researcher more challenging.  The stories of everyone need to be told ...

Here are a few posts about the overlap of GLBT and Genealogy Research:

Do you have GLBT individuals in your tree?  Besides “personal knowledge” what resources led you to identify them as such? Please tell us about your GLBT ancestors – their stories have probably been hidden for too long.

Are you aware of other posts about the overlap of GLBT and Genealogy Research?  If so, please do share.

Know of another historically persecuted group who are hard to research?  If so, let us know and we’ll do a future post.

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