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Rainbow Prism: Looking at Family History through an LGBTQ Lens

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5th Floor of the J. Paul Leonard Library, SFSU

1630 Holloway Avenue

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer folk have always been a part of our history and family stories. The confirmed bachelor or spinster aunt in our trees may not have been single. Perhaps they did have partners but there is no legal documentation or family acknowledgment. This talk will explore census, newspapers, obituaries, military records, photographs, phone books and archives for clues on our ancestor’s sexuality. We will also explore LGBTQ History and many individual stories giving context to the available records. Discovering our LGBTQ ancestor’s stories will enrich our entire family history.

Genealogy has been an obsession for Stewart Blandón Traiman for 30 years. He began by interviewing parents, grandparents and other relations about his roots in Nicaragua. When he married Leland Traiman 28 years ago, he took on the new adventure researching Ukrainian and Polish Jews. Stewart has researched his children's origins back to the colonial United States.

In January 2014, Stewart became a volunteer with CGS as the editor and publisher of the monthly electronic newsletter. He joined the Board in 2015.

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5th Floor of the J. Paul Leonard Library, SFSU

1630 Holloway Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94132

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