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[jee-nee-ol-uh-jee, -al-, jen-ee-] /ˌdʒi niˈɒl ə dʒi, -ˈæl-, ˌdʒɛn i-/
noun, plural genealogies.
a record or account of the ancestry and descent of a person, family, group, etc.
the study of family ancestries and histories.
descent from an original form or progenitor; lineage; ancestry.
Biology. a group of individuals or species having a common ancestry:
The various species of Darwin's finches form a closely knit genealogy.
Origin of genealogy
1250-1300; Middle English genealogie < Middle French < Late Latin geneālogia < Greek geneālogía pedigree, equivalent to geneā́ race (see gene) + -logia -logy
Related forms
[jee-nee-uh-loj-i-kuh l, jen-ee-] /ˌdʒi ni əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ˌdʒɛn i-/ (Show IPA),
genealogic, adjective
genealogically, adverb
genealogist, noun
nongenealogic, adjective
nongenealogical, adjective
nongenealogically, adverb
1. See pedigree. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Certainly, this was glory enough for any Western genealogist,—yet Fortune had a higher gratification to bestow.

  • "A Normandy squire," thought the genealogist, from something in the accent.

    The False Chevalier William Douw Lighthall
  • I am not only your friend, your brother, but moreover your genealogist.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 6 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
  • A genealogist at Alfred's court must have known much about Old English story.

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
  • It was while you were at school, and she asked me to get a genealogist to copy certain things for her.

    Amy in Acadia Helen Leah Reed
  • No one, except the recording angel, who is a bit of a genealogist, I guess.

    The Vultures Henry Seton Merriman
  • I am something of a genealogist, love family histories and dote on skeletons in the cupboard.

    Border Ghost Stories Howard Pease
  • I am not a genealogist, but if these preachers tell truth, we are all second cousins.

    Candide Voltaire
  • There is a man here—Meredith they call him—a bard and genealogist.

    Pabo, The Priest Sabine Baring-Gould
  • It may possibly aid the future historian and genealogist, too, which is another reason why the diary has been published.

British Dictionary definitions for genealogist


noun (pl) -gies
the direct descent of an individual or group from an ancestor
the study of the evolutionary development of animals and plants from earlier forms
a chart showing the relationships and descent of an individual, group, genes, etc
Derived Forms
genealogical (ˌdʒiːnɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), genealogic, adjective
genealogically, adverb
genealogist, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French genealogie, from Late Latin geneālogia, from Greek, from genea race
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Word Origin and History for genealogist

c.1600, from genealogy + -ist.



early 14c., "line of descent, pedigree, descent," from Old French genealogie (12c.), from Late Latin genealogia "tracing of a family," from Greek genealogia, from genea "generation, descent" (see genus) + -logia (see -logy). An Old English word for it was folctalu, literally "folk tale." Meaning "study of family trees" is from 1768.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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genealogist in Medicine

genealogy ge·ne·al·o·gy (jē'nē-ŏl'ə-jē, -āl'-, jěn'ē-)

  1. A record or table of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or ancestors; a family tree.

  2. The study or investigation of ancestry and family histories.

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