Hiding Out in the Open: Discovering LGBT Family History

Thomas MacEntee
Jun 7, 2024
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About this webinar

You may have heard family stories about a relative who was “different” or perhaps you’ve discovered someone who simply “disappeared.” Have you considered the possibility that you could have a gay or lesbian relative in your family tree? LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered) people can be found when researching genealogy, but the search syntax, keywords and strategies are very different. By understanding the basics of “gay history” as well as how LGBT folk lived, worked and socialized, you’ll not only locate these relatives, but realize the importance of preserving their stories.

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  1. HS
    Helen Simmons
    1 month ago

    Thomas, Another homerun with this webinar! I always learn something from your presentations. You’ve given me some wonderful strategies to apply. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

  2. Holger Gruber
    1 month ago

    This was so incredibly gorgeous, beyond all expectations!
    I’m a straight, old, white German male, who is transcribing the civil records of my small hometown for several years now. Sporadically, I keep stumbling over “suspicious” cases. Especially, when wealthy males, coming from wealthy families, are dying unmarried, aged 50+ years.
    One nice case was a medical doctor, never married, godfather to several children of his two brothers of same occupation. And local tradition tells us, that he used to embroider pillows in his leisure time. Around the turn of the century to 1900.
    In the future, I will also check, who else did live in the same household, and how long.

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    Philip Mischler
    1 month ago

    Very enjoyable webinar. Thomas, thanks for educating.

  4. AB
    Amy Bertsch
    1 month ago

    Thank you for such an enlightening and engaging presentation! Lots of helpful information that will help everyone better understand their family’s full history!

  5. KK
    kev krom
    2 months ago

    One of the best webinars to date!! 🙂 My “Uncle” Marge would have loved this… Always wore suits. Uncle was the keeper of the family history thru the 1980’s then it was past to me. Most software now a days allows “partners”… if not just add them to your tree. If someone questions it- just oh honey- let me tell you about those two… 🙂

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    Candace Auvil
    2 months ago

    I can’t wait to go back and look for clues that might clarify the status of my suspected LGBT family members. Great webinar!

  7. MC
    Maria Capaldi
    2 months ago

    I loved this Thomas, I believe that everyone should watch this! This is a very important topic and we all should learn about it, and understand it, thank you Thomas for bringing this to light!

  8. JP
    James Pearce
    2 months ago

    Excellent presentation on a very interesting topic. As a gay man, I have lived through many of the scenarios described, and in some of the cities mentioned, by MacEntee. Very useful for specific research.


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