Definition of "genealogy" []

  • A record or table of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or ancestors; a family tree. (noun)
  • Direct descent from an ancestor; lineage or pedigree. (noun)
  • The study or investigation of ancestry and family histories. (noun)
  • The direct descent of an individual or group from an ancestor (noun)

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  • The study of the evolutionary development of animals and plants from earlier forms (noun)
  • A chart showing the relationships and descent of an individual, group, genes, etc (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "genealogy" in a sentence
  • "You can google the word genealogy and youll instantly come up with dozens of sites that will help you learn about your ancestors."
  • "Since genealogy is (dubious sources say) the second-most-popular topic on the Internet, I typed in "genealogy, sex" to see how those terms stacked up against each other."
  • "In the present article, therefore, we shall not dwell upon the term genealogy, but consider the parts, usually genealogical lists, introduced by the phrase "these are the generations" or "this is the book of the generation"; we shall investigate the meaning of the introductory phrase, enumerate the principal genealogical lists, indicate their sources, draw attention to their importance, and point out their deficiencies."