1. (noun) The study of descent.
2. (noun) A record of descent for an individual, family, or group, also called a family tree.
Example: Quinn and Harley traced their family trees (or genealogies) when they had their first child, Riley.
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- Plural: genealogies
- Genealogy used in a sentence: I can trace my genealogy back to 15th century.
- A (noun) genealogist (adverb) genealogically studies (adjective) genealogic or (adjective) genealogical information.
- Family and Kinship Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “genealogy” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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How to Cite the Definition of Genealogy
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “genealogy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 24, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/genealogy/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
genealogy. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/genealogy/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “genealogy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 24, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/genealogy/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“genealogy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 24 Mar. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/genealogy/>.