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Genealogy, Deaf History of

  • By: Katie Moss
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

As people around the world turn to the Internet to discover their ancestry, they often face lingering questions. They may begin to wonder how deafness played a role in their own genealogy, and discover that this information is not always easy to find. Deaf genealogy has always been contingent on the availability of data, and today the spotlight is on this missing information more than ever before.

Edward Allen Fay

Perhaps the most famous proponent of Deaf genealogy is Edward Allen Fay (1843–1923). A prominent researcher of deaf people, Fay was also a teacher and editor. He is a prominent figure in late 19th and early 20th century Deaf history.

Fay was born in 1843 in the state of New Jersey, where his father taught at the New ...

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