Genealogy definition

jēnē-ŏlə-jē, -ăl-, jĕnē-
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Descent from an ancestor; pedigree; lineage.
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A chart or recorded history of the descent of a person or family from an ancestor or ancestors.
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A record or table of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or ancestors; a family tree.
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The study or investigation of ancestry and family histories.
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Direct descent from an ancestor; lineage or pedigree.
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The science or study of family descent.
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A record or table of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or ancestors; a family tree.
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The study or investigation of ancestry and family histories.
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Direct descent from an ancestor; lineage or pedigree.
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The definition of genealogy is the study of your ancestry and family history.

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.

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(countable) The descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or ancestors; lineage or pedigree.
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(countable) A record or table of such descent; a family tree.
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(uncountable) The study, and formal recording of such descents.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
genealogy
Plural:
genealogies

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”)

    From Wiktionary