- 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 genealogical
Locating records of Russian Jews is among the most difficult challenges in genealogical research.An Oscar Winner’s Secret History
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
October 14, 2010
And then there are the short chapters, genealogical vignettes set in 1857, 1869, and 1630.The Squid and the Whale of a Book
June 14, 2009
An arboreal animal which makes itself at home in genealogical trees.The Devil's Dictionary
He showed her first the genealogical tree of the Rougon-Macquarts.
Yes; this is the genealogical tree that I had not even brought up to date.
Thus, the natural system is genealogical in its arrangement, like a pedigree.On the Origin of Species
Amiand, his attempt at a genealogical arrangement of Old Bab.The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria
- 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 genealogical
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.