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Queer Family History

Author Gill Rossini gives a one-hour online (zoom) talk to discuss same sex love, 1700–1957: history and research sources for those interested in family history in the UK.

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Queer Family History

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01 Apr, 13:00 – 14:00

Live on Zoom

About the Event

The 'hobby' of family history is predominantly seen as the stories of people who were part of a traditional family unit, married to someone of the opposite gender, had children and lived their lives as 'normally' as possible. But what of the relatives who were attracted to same-sex partners? Like the majority, some of them also married, and buried their feelings in the bustle of everyday family life; others stayed single but abstained from relationships altogether, to 'keep safe'. A number managed to live openly and proudly as themselves, challenging the prejudices and misconceptions of the day; yet more lived their lives as honestly as they could, but behind a veil of half lies and misinformation. It is a story that can be found in many family histories, but one that needs to be sought out in the records, peeling away the half-truths and using a unique set of research techniques to reveal their stories.

This presentation offers all genealogists, beginner to experienced, valuable insights into researching this often-neglected aspect of family history, using many real historical examples from the author's research.

Gill Rossini has been teaching family history, queer history and women's history in the post 18 sector since 1988 and has a wealth of experience to draw on which she will share with her audience

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