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Genealogy is the line of descent traced continuously from an ancestor. It is the pedigree – lineage – ancestry of your family.

Family history is the systematic narrative and research of past events relating to a specific family, or specific families.

Genealogy can be presented in the form of family tree charts often created automatically through creating ahnentafels in genealogy software. An ahnentafel is a genealogical numbering system for listing a person’s direct ancestors in a fixed sequence of ascent.

There is also forensic genealogy. “The modern approach to family research, for hobbyists, for the legal profession, and for law enforcement.” – Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

Genetic genealogy is the application of genetics to traditional genealogy. Genetic genealogy involves the use of genealogical DNA testing to determine the level of genetic relationship between individuals and genetic genealogy research.

Genealogy blogs are a wonderful way to share and present family history and family stories and have become quite popular.

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