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Queering genealogy through wills

Citation: Monk, Daniel (2015) Queering genealogy through wills. Legal Information Management, 15 (1). pp. 12-15. ISSN 1472-6696


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Wills are an overlooked source. Alongside birth, death and marriage certificates they are official legal texts that provide a record of families, kinship and personal life. But they have a particular significance for research about gender and sexuality. This paper highlights some of the insights that that they can provide and discusses the methods (and associated pitfalls) for accessing and reading them. Article by Daniel Monk, Reader in Law, Birkbeck School of Law, University of London.

Additional Information: This is a pre-print of an article which will be published in a special issue of Legal Information Management in 2015. It has been developed by the author (Daniel Monk) from a paper he gave at “Law, Gender and Sexuality: sources and methods in socio-legal research” a national socio-legal training day held at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies on Monday 19 May 2014. The workshop was jointly organised by the British Library, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and the Socio-Legal Studies Association.
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Subjects: Law
Keywords: wills, inheritance and succession, probate, homosexuality, legal profession, legal scholarship, sexuality, sex and law, sex and discrimination
Divisions: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
  • March 2015 (published)


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