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.

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

  2. genealogynoun

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

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

  3. genealogynoun

    The study, and formal recording of such descents.

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

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

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

  2. Genealogynoun

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

    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. Nicolas Martin, Article c. 1995:

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

  2. L?Estrange:

    Some people, you would think, are made up of nothing but title and genealogy; the stamp of dignity defaces in them the very character of humanity, and transports them to such a degree of haughtiness that they reckon it below them to exercise good nature or good manners.

  3. Anne Marie Schubert:

    Investigative genetic genealogy, just like traditional DNA, is about one thing : finding the truth no matter what it is.

  4. 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.

  5. Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn:

    Without our ability to use DNA and genetic genealogy.

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  • 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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