Fwd: What is Genealogy?
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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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