Genealogy

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Genealogy Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Genealogy Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    genealogy n : successive generations of kin [syn: family tree]
Genealogy Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Genealogy \Gen`e*al"o*gy\, n.; pl. Genealogies. [OE. genealogi, genelogie, OF. genelogie, F. g['e]n['e]alogie, L. genealogia, fr. Gr. ?; ? birth, race, descent (akin to L. genus) + ? discourse.]
  1. An account or history of the descent of a person or family from an ancestor; enumeration of ancestors and their children in the natural order of succession; a pedigree.
  2. Regular descent of a person or family from a progenitor; pedigree; lineage.

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Genealogy Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


Genealogy is the study of family history. It is the study of family relationships and ancestry. It is a popular hobby in the United States and in many other countries.

Some people show their family history using a family tree. A family tree is a diagram of the members of a family. With a family tree you use lines to show how people are related, for example, people who are married or have children.

Some people keep track of their family history data in a genealogy database on their computer. Examples of data that a person would save are dates and places of births, marriages, and deaths. Other information that might be saved are records of military service, census records which show where ancestors lived at a certain time, immigration data, education, occupations, and even photos of the ancestors. The person building the database can usually decide to save many kinds data--news articles, stories that were told in the family (oral history), information on religious ceremonies, wills or inheritances, information from family letters, customs, or how world or local events affected the family. The advantages of using a genealogy database are that it helps to keep the data organized, especially when relationships change; it can generate several types of charts or tables with the data filled in; it may make it easier to share data with others; and it takes up less room than paper and notebooks.

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  • Free presentation at the Morris County Library will explore ‘New Dimensions in Family History’
    The Morris Area Genealogy Society (MAGS) invites the public to a free presentation, City Records: New Dimensions in Family History, to be held Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. in the large public meeting room at the Morris County Library Read more on this news related to 'Genealogy'

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