Meaning of genealogy

ge•ne•al•o•gy

Pronunciation: ( jē"nē-ol'u-jē, -al'-, jen"ē-), [key]
— pl. -gies.
  1. a record or account of the ancestry and descent of a person, family, group, etc.
  2. the study of family ancestries and histories.
  3. descent from an original form or progenitor; lineage; ancestry.
  4. a group of individuals or species having a common ancestry: The various species of Darwin's finches form a closely knit genealogy.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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