Tracking and charting where you came from and who your ancestors were is an example of genealogy.
The group of ancestors from whom you are descended is an example of your genealogy.
Other Word Forms
Origin of genealogy
- Middle English genealogie from Old French from Late Latin geneālogia from Greek geneālogiā geneā family genə- in Indo-European roots -logiā -logy
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French genealogie (Modern French généalogie), from Late Latin genealogia, from Ancient Greek γενεαλογία (genealogia), from γενεά (genea, “generation, descent”) and -λογία (-logia, “study of”)