family tree

noun

Definition of family tree

1 : genealogy
2 : a genealogical diagram

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Examples of family tree in a Sentence

A framed family tree hung on the wall. his family tree includes writers, musical composers, and other notables in the arts

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MyHeritage said the breach didn't contain sensitive data such as DNA and individuals' family trees. Ashley Wong, USA TODAY, "DNA site's hack is fresh reminder to think twice about ancestry testing," 8 June 2018 The service combines data from the largest DNA network of almost 10 million people with more than 10 billion historical records and 90 million family trees to create its reports. Jason Lemon, ajc, "Do popular DNA tests like 23andMe, Ancestry actually work?," 2 May 2018 Romania Like some of his relatives, the last king of Romania, Michael I, claimed relation to Queen Victoria on both sides of his family tree. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Queen Victoria's Descendants Still Reign Over Europe," 17 Feb. 2019 From there, other genealogical information and public records could be used to build a family tree and identify likely suspects on it. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Chances DNA can be used to find your family? Sixty percent and rising," 11 Oct. 2018 But that was all before the time of DNA websites such as Ancestry.com, which in recent years have revolutionized genealogy, making even the most complex family trees and searches for distant family members accessible to anyone with $99. Meagan Flynn, ajc, "60 years after being told her mother was dead, she found her — 80 minutes away and 100 years old," 30 June 2018 Investigators used genealogy websites and new DNA techniques to follow family trees and narrow down a suspect. Editors, USA TODAY, "North, South Korea summit and 'Infinity War': 5 things to know Friday," 27 Apr. 2018 Millions of Americans are doing it — packing up samples of their saliva and mailing it off to an online genealogy company to analyze their DNA and help trace their family tree. Dale Kasler And Anita Chabria, sacbee, "How private is your DNA on ancestry websites? East Area Rapist case raises questions | The Sacramento Bee," 26 Apr. 2018 Now, after an exhaustive genealogical investigation, lawyers representing potential heirs have filed a lengthy report in Cook County Probate Court that for the first time puts the entire Maier family tree into focus. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Genealogical investigation uncovers 10 heirs of famed Chicago street photographer Vivian Maier," 26 June 2018

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1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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family tree

noun

English Language Learners Definition of family tree

: a drawing or chart that shows how the different members of a family are related to each other

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