ge·​ne·​al·​o·​gist | \ ˌjē-nē-ˈä-lə-jist also -ˈa-lə- also ˌje-nē- How to pronounce genealogist (audio) \

Definition of genealogist

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The move has outraged professional and amateur genealogists, who argue that the increase would effectively put valuable immigration information out of reach for many., "Trump administration plans huge fee hikes for immigration records regarded as vital by genealogists - The Boston Globe," 8 Dec. 2019 But because the research can be time consuming, some people hire research assistants and genealogists. Time, "This Veterans Day, America's Military Families Have New Ways to Learn More About Their Ancestors' Service," 10 Nov. 2019 Debbie Kennett, a genealogist and honorary research associate at University College London, told WIRED. Wired, "A DNA Firm That Caters to Police Just Bought a Genealogy Site," 9 Dec. 2019 The Golden State Killer case and most of those that followed were cracked by identifying DNA relatives on GEDMatch, a no-frills DNA registry popular with genealogists and adoptees seeking their birth parents. oregonlive, "Genealogical databases are a goldmine for police, but it’s the Wild West when it comes to rules and oversight," 7 Dec. 2019 Marcia was a beloved grandmother, aunt, lifelong friend, good neighbor, social worker, supporter of Israel, genealogist, philatelist, civic and global activist., "Marcia I. Meyers," 16 Nov. 2019 African American genealogists, who seek out southeastern Virginia archives amid ancestry research, pause in front of its swooping branches each day. Los Angeles Times, "For 156 years, a mighty oak in Virginia has stood as a symbol of freedom across the nation," 26 Sep. 2019 Most hen genealogists suggest that our Gallus gallus domesticus traces back to the Indian subcontinent, through Persia, Greece and then into the Roman Empire. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get Cooking: Colombian exchange — the chicken," 25 Sep. 2019 Like Talbott, Bjerke was identified by a genetic genealogist at Parabon Nanolabs, using the free ancestry website GEDmatch. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Lawyers in a Murder Trial Clash Over a DNA Forensics Method," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of genealogist

1605, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2020

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“Genealogist.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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