- a genealogical chart showing the ancestry, descent, and relationship of all members of a family or other genealogical group.
Origin of family tree
First recorded in 1800–10
Also called genealogical tree.
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Examples from the Web for family tree
I must say you appear to have studied his family-tree pretty closely.Gordon Keith
Thomas Nelson Page
Such names as Sibilla and Emmota occur very early in the family-tree.Cornish Worthies, Volume 1 (of 2)
Walter H. Tregellas
Socrates once said to Plato, "Anybody can trace to Codrus—by paying enough to the man who makes the family-tree."Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers
What became of the junior scions of the family-tree was to him a matter of secondary consideration.The Monctons: A Novel, Volume I
Van traced a family-tree on the tablecloth with a salt-spoon, for his guest's better information.The Lighted Match
Charles Neville Buck
- a chart showing the genealogical relationships and lines of descent of a familyAlso called: genealogical tree
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