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  • M'lilwana Osanku
    pioxevdhuytt@yahoo.com wrote: Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 04:36:13 -0800 (PST) Subject: What is Genealogy? From:
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      "pioxevdhuytt@..." <pioxevdhuytt@...> wrote:
      Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 04:36:13 -0800 (PST)
      Subject: What is Genealogy?
      From: "pioxevdhuytt@..." <pioxevdhuytt@...>
      To: Genealogy - Caribbean <Genealogy-Caribbean@...>

      Genealogy (which comes from the Greek words genea, meaning family and
      logos meaning knowledge) is the study of family lineages. Usually this
      is done by collecting names of family members (both living an dead)
      and looking for a link between them, based on evidence and documents.
      The results of these investigations are then used to build family
      In the past genealogy was very important for nobles who depended on it
      to determine the rightful heirs to titles and inheritances. Detailed
      records were kept to ensure that titles were passed down to the right
      person. Nowadays genealogy is a science and hobby practiced by many
      people around the world.
      Genealogists usually begin their search with a person's parents and
      grand-parents. From there they begin to dig deeper and deeper into the
      family's past by looking at documents such as marriage records.
      Genealogy has been described as a very complex puzzle. To get a
      reliable picture of a family's origins requires a lot of study and

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