ge·​ne·​al·​o·​gist | \ ˌjē-nē-ˈä-lə-jist also -ˈa-lə- also ˌje-nē- \

Definition of genealogist

: a person who traces or studies the descent of persons or families

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Easygoing Hugo, a freelance genealogist, never complained about broken furniture or loud teenage parties. Maureen Corrigan, The Seattle Times, "Fans of Tana French are in for a surprise with ‘The Witch Elm’," 23 Oct. 2018 Earlier this year, Tacoma Police detectives worked with a genetic genealogist named CeCe Moore, affiliated with Parabon NanoLabs, a forsensic consulting firm, to determine that the person had about 9 percent Native American DNA. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "How DNA analysis technology is unlocking cold cases," 19 July 2018 Semantics aside, many families today are thinking along the same lines and hiring genealogists, archivists, and historians. William Middleton, Town & Country, "From Gates to Rockefeller, Wealthy Families Hire Personal Historians to Preserve Their Legacy," 26 Oct. 2018 Over the past few years, Deal spearheaded further research into Maier’s lineage, working with Chicago attorney Carrie Harrington of Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC to hire genealogists and travel to Europe in search of records. Jason Meisner,, "Genealogical investigation uncovers 10 heirs of famed Chicago street photographer Vivian Maier," 26 June 2018 Against all odds, the article set in motion a chain of events that led a national TV news program to help Tveidt find his biological father — and identify two Anchorage-area women who a genealogist believes are his aunt and mother. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "An Anchorage newborn was found abandoned in a cardboard box 32 years ago. Against the odds, he found his biological father.," 12 July 2018 The Beacon Journal has reported that the process of identifying her body began with genealogist Christina Scales finding a reference to the discovery of the remains. Mark Gillispie, Fox News, "DNA tests link remains to teen who disappeared in 1974," 12 July 2018 Emboldened by that breakthrough, a number of private investigators are spearheading a call for amateur genealogists to help solve other cold cases by contributing their own genetic information to the same public database. Washington Post, "Investigators say DNA database can be goldmine for old cases," 16 June 2018 On Monday, Lahren also used her social media platform to respond to genealogist Jennifer Mendelsohn who showed that the pundit is actually a descendant of non-English-speaking U.S. immigrants herself. Ana Calderone,, "Tomi Lahren Criticized After Telling Fans to Steal Groceries from Liberals As an Analogy for Illegal Immigration," 15 May 2018

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