- 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
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Examples from the Web for genealogist
"A Normandy squire," thought the genealogist, from something in the accent.The False Chevalier
William Douw Lighthall
Mr. Reade traces their history with all the relentlessness of the genealogist.Immortal Memories
There is a man here—Meredith they call him—a bard and genealogist.Pabo, The Priest
In pursuing this work, he becomes the genealogist of a race.The Quest for a Lost Race
Thomas E. Pickett
This is of date 1274-9, and is engraved in Herald and Genealogist, vol.The Dates of Variously-shaped Shields
- 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
Word Origin and History for genealogist
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.
genealogy(jē′nē-ŏl′ə-jē, -ăl′-, jĕn′ē-)
- A record or table of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or ancestors; a family tree.
- The study or investigation of ancestry and family histories.