Genealogy Update for Thursday, October 11, 2018

Genealogy Update for Thursday, October 11th, 2018 featuring genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee of Abundant Genealogy

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

This is Thomas MacEntee with Abundant Genealogy and here are the genealogy and family history-related items you need to know for today, Thursday, October 11th, 2018:

National Coming Out Day – Were Any of Your Ancestors Gay?

Each year, I post about LGBT peoples and genealogy for National Coming Out Day which is October 11th. National Coming Out Day marks the anniversary of the National March On Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1988 and is marked each year by LGBT persons and their allies.

This year, instead of “coming out” again as a gay genealogist (I’ve been “out” since 1986), I decided to focus on researching ancestors in your family tree who may have been LGBT. Check out today’s post Have You Outed Your LGBT Ancestors? over at Abundant Genealogy for information on how you can determine if anyone in your family tree may have been leading life as a closeted (or open) member of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgendered community.

Having written several articles on this topic (there is an extensive Further Reading section at the end of the post at Abundant Genealogy), I can tell you that special sleuthing skills are needed for researching LGBT people. The methodology is the same as any basic genealogy research, but if you are unfamiliar with the history of gender issues as well as alternative lifestyles, you may not be able to pick up on subtle clues and leads in records.

Finally, you may wonder why it is important to document the lives of ancestors who may have been outside of the heterosexual norm during their lives. Some may also ask: is it proper to “out” an ancestor or anyone who is no longer living? My opinion is that as a genealogist I document what I find and present it as evidence of a person’s life and I do so without judgement. I also try to avoid the error of “presentism” (interpreting past events using modern values and concepts) in all of my research.

Whether you chose to research LGBT ancestors or not, and how you handle the evidence (or lack of evidence) discovered, is a personal decision. For me, and for LGBT people, it is valuable to document the lives of people who did not have as much freedom of expression and ability to be open as I have now.

What’s On Sale Today at Genealogy Bargains

Are you familiar with Each day they scour the Internet for new deals of interest to genealogists and family historians. Here are some highlights:

  • FREE WEBINAR Strategies for Using FamilySearch presented by Shannon Combs-Bennett, Friday, October 12th, 1:00 pm Central – “As one of the go-to resources for research Family Search is an amazing site that few take the time to explore. Learn how to get more information from this website through search techniques, wiki resources, and more.”
  • Win a FREE COPY of Family Tree Factbook from Family Tree Magazine! Enter our latest giveaway this week at Genealogy Bargains and you could win a FREE copy of Family Tree Factbook: Key Genealogy Tips and Stats for the Busy Researcher by Diane Haddad and the Editors at Family Tree Magazine. This is a $24.99 value and you could win if you enter by 11:59 pm CDT on Sunday October 14th, 2018.

That’s all there is for now in terms of genealogy and family history news. Check back soon for further updates!


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About the Author

Thomas MacEntee
Genealogy educator and author Thomas MacEntee has been researching his family history for more than 40 years and is the creator of Abundant Genealogy, Genealogy Bargains, DNA Bargains, The Genealogy Do-Over and numerous other web-based genealogy and family history properties.