What does Genealogy mean?

Definitions for Genealogy
ˌdʒi niˈɒl ə dʒi, -ˈæl-, ˌdʒɛn i-ge·neal·o·gy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. genealogy, family treenoun

    successive generations of kin

  2. genealogynoun

    the study or investigation of ancestry and family history


  1. genealogynoun

    The descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or ancestors; lineage or pedigree.

  2. genealogynoun

    A record or table of such descent; a family tree.

  3. genealogynoun

    The study, and formal recording of such descents.

  4. Etymology: From genealogie (Modern généalogie), from genealogia, from γενεαλογία, from γενεά and -λογία

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GENEALOGYnoun

    History of the succession of families; enumeration of descent in order of succession; a pedigree.

    Etymology: γενεὰ and λόγος.

    The ancients ranged chaos into several regions; and in that order successively rising one from another, as if it was a pedigree or genealogy Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.


  1. Genealogy

    Genealogy (from Ancient Greek γενεαλογία (genealogía) 'the making of a pedigree') is the study of families, family history, and the tracing of their lineages. Genealogists use oral interviews, historical records, genetic analysis, and other records to obtain information about a family and to demonstrate kinship and pedigrees of its members. The results are often displayed in charts or written as narratives. The field of family history is broader than genealogy, and covers not just lineage but also family and community history and biography.The record of genealogical work may be presented as a "genealogy", a "family history", or a "family tree". In the narrow sense, a "genealogy" or a "family tree" traces the descendants of one person, whereas a "family history" traces the ancestors of one person, but the terms are often used interchangeably. A family history may include additional biographical information, family traditions, and the like.The pursuit of family history and origins tends to be shaped by several motives, including the desire to carve out a place for one's family in the larger historical picture, a sense of responsibility to preserve the past for future generations, and self-satisfaction in accurate storytelling. Genealogy research is also performed for scholarly or forensic purposes, or to trace legal next of kin to inherit under intestacy laws.


  1. genealogy

    Genealogy is the study and tracing of family lineages and history, involving the collection, analysis and interpretation of data related to family relationships, descent, and ancestry. It involves researching names, dates and places of births, marriages, and deaths, thereby creating a map of relationships that shows how people are connected to each other across generations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Genealogynoun

    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. Genealogynoun

    regular descent of a person or family from a progenitor; pedigree; lineage

  3. Etymology: [OE. genealogi, genelogie, OF. genelogie, F. gnalogie, L. genealogia, fr. Gr. ; birth, race, descent (akin to L. genus) + discourse.]


  1. Genealogy

    Genealogy is the study of families and the tracing of their lineages and history. Genealogists use oral traditions, historical records, genetic analysis, and other records to obtain information about a family and to demonstrate kinship and pedigrees of its members. The results are often displayed in charts or written as narratives. The pursuit of family history tends to be shaped by several motivations, including the desire to carve out a place for one's family in the larger historical picture, a sense of responsibility to preserve the past for future generations, and a sense of self-satisfaction in accurate storytelling.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Genealogy

    jen-e-al′o-ji, n. history of the descent of families: the pedigree of a particular person or family.—adj. Genealog′ical.—adv. Genealog′ically.—v.i. Geneal′ogise, to investigate or treat of genealogy.—n. Geneal′ogist, one who studies or traces genealogies or descents.—Genealogical tree, the lineage of a family or person under the form of a tree with roots, branches, &c. [Fr.,—L.,—Gr. genealogiagenea, birth, legein, to speak of.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Genealogy in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Genealogy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Genealogy in a Sentence

  1. Jefferson County:

    Our goal then and now has been to bring justice to Jeannie and her family, and while we would have preferred to place handcuffs on the suspect, we hope knowing who and where he is brings them some degree of closure. MISSOURI MAN INDICTED IN COLD CASE MURDER HE WAS QUIZZED ABOUT 31 YEARS AGO The sheriffs office said Donald Perea kidnapped, sexually assaulted and killed Moore near Denver when he was 23 years old. Donald Perea, Donald Perea, died on May 28, 2012, at the age of 54 due to health-related issues. Donald Perea kidnapped, sexually assaulted and killed Jeannie Moore near Denver in August 1981, according to officials. ( Jefferson County Sheriff's Office) Investigators said Donald Perea was out on bond for a separate sexual assault case when Jeannie Moores was killed ; Donald Perea was later convicted and was in prison from 1982 to 1985. Jeannie Moores left Jeannie Moores home for work at a gas station on Aug. 25, 1981 -- hitchhiking as Jeannie Moores typically would -- when Jeannie Moores was last seen getting into an older Ford Galaxy or LTD that was red, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Five days later, Jeannie Moores body was found by picnickers in Genesee Park, south of Interstate 70. An autopsy found that Jeannie Moores was killed by several blows to the head, FOX31 reported. After Jeannie Moores murder went unsolved for decades, officials said the cold case was looked at in 2008 and again in May 2019, when new technology found a match. A public-private partnership that allowed forensic genealogy testing to be completed by United Data Connect Connect helped uncover a match. The information that led to Donald Perea was the same technology that helped crack the Golden State killer and other notable cold-case murders and rapes in 2018. How authorities linked Steven Perea to the case. ( Jefferson County Sheriff's Office) The DNA evidence from the crime scene was linked to a family member of Donald Perea this spring, and investigators were able to interview family members and get other samples to confirm that he was the suspect linked to the case. OREGON MAN ARRESTED IN 1978 COLD-CASE MURDER OF ALASKA TEEN, AUTHORITIES SAY Joan Busse, a genealogist with United Data Connect, told FOX31 Joan Busse put in 40 to 60 hours working backward through thousands of ancestors on public genealogy websites and DNA matches to identify a suspect. DNA can be uploaded to public genealogy websites such as GEDmatch.com through commercial kits where people can choose to opt-inif they want law enforcement to be able to access that information.

  2. Nicolas Martin, Article c. 1995:

    Genealogy is based on the obviously silly idea that there is no such thing as a bastard.

  3. Ricky Adams:

    The synergy between our agents and criminalists to solve cold cases, especially those with an unidentified victim, is to be applauded, identifying the use of genetic genealogy as a tool and the work of Parabon and our internal genealogy specialist provided significant leads in this disturbing case. Baby Doe can now be properly laid to rest and his killer will be held accountable.

  4. Nicolas Martin, www.iatrogenic.org:

    Genealogy is based on the obviously silly idea that there is no such thing as a bastard.

  5. Kari Stefansson:

    Human genetics is the study of human diversity, and what you are trying to do is to figure out how information lies in the genome that has an impact on human diversity. And having, for example, the genealogy gives you the avenue by which this information is passed from one generation to the next.

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  • Grace K. Crewe-Austin
    Grace K. Crewe-Austin
    I'm a Genealogist, have been since 1977. I've done several family books, all for family members. I just came across a comment from a relative WHO stated: "when SHE started doing family research SHE wanted to know MORE than just "Genealogy" which is just a bunch of names & dates on a piece of paper - SHE wanted to know about their life styles & culture".
    IN MY RESEARCH - I discovered via Census reports from 1790-1940 The persons name, date,& place of birth, age, occupation, married/single or widowed, where a person lived, their occupation, perhaps the style of home and/or farm, and in some cases how many farm animals they had and the net worth of their property, even their religion background, how many times they were married number of children born in some cases if perhaps how many had died. A Census report also gives the parental background info on everyone in the household as to birth origin of both mother & father even if born in a foreign Country, if these people were a citizen or immigrant if so when they arrived to this Country. Census reports also indicate if they can SPEAK/READ/WRITE the ENGLISH language and if they OWNED or RENTED the property. ONCE a 'GENEALOGIST' traces a family via the census reports, then more RESEARCH can be done through local Historian offices; IMMIGRATION DEPATMENT; Cemeteries & burial records, Birth Marriage & Death records at local Town/Village/City Clerks offices. Finally by contacting various relatives to assist and perhaps adding old family photo's. I had some help with MY mothers PATERNAL family line when my cousin Molly researched with me WE did three books together. NOT one of our books give ANY 'NEGATIVE' History as to finding a HORSE THIEF, GANGSTER, OUTLAW, ETC - to me this is NOT what GENEALOGY is all about! I sure would love to hear some replies from this post as to what people may think. 
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