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As defined by Webster's Dictionary:    ge-ne-a-lo-gy

1. A record or table of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or ancestors; a family tree.
2. Direct descent from an ancestor; lineage or pedigree.
3. The study or investigation of ancestry and family histories.

As defined by pipers net:

Genealogy is a forum for honor and remembrance.  It tells a story, of how we got to be here today. It is an appreciation and a memorial to our ancestors whose lives may have been seemingly insignificant at the time. Genealogy is a way for us to understand our habits and features.  It explains the unique mold from which we were cast.

Genealogy is the research and study of family lineage, but those of us who have delved deeply into it can tell you that it is much more than that dictionary definition! Since the 18th century it has developed into subsidiary disciplines and list amongst them - history. Family History is far more interesting than Genealogy. It is here that we place people in their time period and find out how they lived, putting the 'meat on the bones' so to speak. Genealogy data is usually tracked back from the memory of living ancestors, archived records in national repositories, Church and Community archives, newspaper articles, obituaries, deeds, wills historical societies and the Internet.


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