March 13 marked the beginning of Deaf History Month 2015, which concluded yesterday, April 15. During this month, I have listed tips and strategies for researching your deaf ancestors and relatives in historical records. Here is a wrap up of some resources to conclude our month-long commemoration of Deaf History Month:
Professional genealogist Amy Johnson Crow has written several articles on genealogical research on the deaf. These include “Researching Deaf Members of the Family,” published in the Spring 2008 issue of New England Ancestors (now called American Ancestors), “Deaf School Admission Records,” published in the September/October 2001 issue of National Genealogical Society News Magazine (now called NGS Magazine), and--more recently--an article which profiles students from the Indiana School for the Deaf who are buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, published in the March 2015 issue of Indiana Genealogist.
DeafGenealogy.com - This website helps others discover resources on Deaf, CODA (Children of Deaf Adult) Hearing, and Hard of Hearing people who were involved in or made significant contributions to the Deaf Community. It includes information on genealogy resources, databases, archives, tutorials in ASL, deaf genealogy conferences, deaf historical figures information, and other resources.
FindAGrave Deaf Cemetery - This virtual cemetery lists Graves and memorials of well-known deaf people and hearing allies from Deaf Heritage.
The Silent Worker - This was a popular national newspaper written by the deaf for the deaf population of the United States from 1888 to 1929. It was first published as the Deaf Mute Times. The Gallaudet University Archives has digitized this collection and made it available online for public research.
I hope these five posts have been useful in your research. Please leave a comment if you've found the resources to be helpful, learned something new about your deaf ancestors or relatives by using the resources I've highlighted, or have helpful information about them to add. It's been a pleasure to provide these tips and strategies to the deaf and genealogical community and, in doing so, educate myself further about the three deaf DICKINSON siblings of my 3rd-great-grandmother.
Other posts on this topic:
Tuesday's Tip: Researching Your Deaf Ancestors in U.S Federal Censuses
Tuesday's Tip: Using the U.S. Special Census on Deaf Family Marriages and Hearing Relatives, 1888-1895
Tuesday's Tip: Finding Deaf Ancestors and Relatives in Schools for the Deaf Historical Records
Tuesday's Tip: Locating Deaf Ancestors and Relatives in Other Major Record Groups