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.
Direct descent from an ancestor; lineage or pedigree.
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
Fate is a concept that occurs when looking into the
lives of our ancestors. It may not have mattered to them at the
time. It may have just been their struggle to survive. Either
way, we may not have been here if one event was done differently or had
a different outcome. If one person decided to settle in town A opposed
to town B, it's most likely you would not be here in the family today.
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
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