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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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 Whenever anyone marries into the British royal family, genealogists have a field day. Leslie Carroll, Vanities, "How Meghan Markle Was Destined for the Spotlight," 24 Apr. 2018 Since then, art fans, bloggers and amateur genealogists alike have delved into the implausible back story of the reclusive, pack-rat nanny. Jason Meisner,, "Genealogical investigation uncovers 10 heirs of famed Chicago street photographer Vivian Maier," 26 June 2018 Tacoma police hire a genetic genealogist to test DNA sample from Welch’s killer. Stacia Glenn, The Seattle Times, "DNA, used napkin lead police to suspect in Tacoma girl’s 1986 killing," 25 June 2018 The rarity of the names has turned out to be almost the only break that has gone the way of the genealogists searching for descendants. Terrence Mccoy, Washington Post, "They thought Georgetown University’s missing slaves were ‘lost.’ The truth was closer to home than anyone knew.," 28 Apr. 2018

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1605, in the meaning defined above

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