ge·​ne·​al·​o·​gist ˌjē-nē-ˈä-lə-jist How to pronounce genealogist (audio)
 also  -ˈa-lə-,
 also  ˌje-nē-
: a person who traces or studies the descent of persons or families

Examples of genealogist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But when the genetic genealogists called the couple's family in Florida to inform them of the news, the revelation only deepened the mystery: Where was the couple's baby, Holly Marie, who was an infant when the family had last been in touch with the couple? Cristina Corbin, ABC News, 3 Nov. 2023 Scholars at William & Mary will continue to seek documents and descendants; a genealogist is expected to join the staff soon, an oral historian will record memories. Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2023 In 2020, police started collaborating with private industry genealogists and the FBI to use Investigative Genetic Genealogy to solve cases. Cara Tabachnick, CBS News, 3 Oct. 2023 And to the genealogist, another thing was striking. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, 17 Mar. 2023 Branch president and genealogist Linda Quinby will discuss how her family used modern technology and traditional genealogy to identify an unknown ancestor from over 150 years ago. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Oct. 2023 Forensic genealogist Leslie Kaufman was then enlisted to try to identify family members using genealogy databases like GEDmatch and FamilyTreeDNA. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 2 Oct. 2023 Fest attendees can learn about their own German history with the Culture Village's on-site genealogists, who will help attendees look up their family trees. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 17 July 2023 Shayne Davidson is an amateur genealogist from Ann Arbor who researches family trees as a hobby. John Carlisle,, 28 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of genealogist was in 1605

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“Genealogist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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