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genealogy

[jee-nee-ol-uh-jee, -al-, jen-ee-] /ˌdʒi niˈɒl ə dʒi, -ˈæl-, ˌdʒɛn i-/
noun, plural genealogies.
1.
a record or account of the ancestry and descent of a person, family, group, etc.
2.
the study of family ancestries and histories.
3.
descent from an original form or progenitor; lineage; ancestry.
4.
Biology. a group of individuals or species having a common ancestry:
The various species of Darwin's finches form a closely knit genealogy.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English genealogie < Middle French < Late Latin geneālogia < Greek geneālogía pedigree, equivalent to geneā́ race (see gene) + -logia -logy
Related forms
genealogical
[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
Synonyms
1. See pedigree.
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Examples for genealogist
  • Websites and databases make it easier to be a genealogist.
  • There the family line becomes a bit confused in the unknown genealogist's research.
  • Prior experience and training as a genealogist are required, and comprehensive training in using archival sources is provided.
  • The genealogist, however, did not testify and was thus not available for cross-examination.
  • If you prefer, you can contract for the services of a professional genealogist to do research for you.
  • Every genealogist has an ancestor that proves to be particularly elusive.
British Dictionary definitions for genealogist

genealogy

/ˌdʒiːnɪˈælədʒɪ/
noun (pl) -gies
1.
the direct descent of an individual or group from an ancestor
2.
the study of the evolutionary development of animals and plants from earlier forms
3.
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
genealogy
c.1300, from O.Fr. genealogie, from L.L. genealogia "tracing of a family," from Gk. genealogia, from genea "generation, descent" (see genus) + logos "student of."
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genealogist in Medicine

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

  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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