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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At the same time, a genetic genealogist named Barbara Rae-Venter had been working on trying to find some usable DNA from the victims. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "How a podcast helped solve a grisly cold case," 9 June 2019 Last week, genealogy company Family Tree DNA removed all access to its free and public genetic tools and, which help genealogists track individuals through their paternal and maternal lines, respectively. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "The Key to Cracking Cold Cases Might Be Genealogy Sites," 1 June 2018 With help from her husband, a friend who is an avid and skilled genealogist, and her own sleuthing skills, Ms. Shapiro tracked down her biological father. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "The Family Secret Uncovered by a Writer’s DNA Test," 4 Jan. 2019 There is an online community for every hobby: Visual artists have DeviantArt, golfers have GolfWRX, and genealogists have Alexandra Samuel, WSJ, "Learning a New Hobby Has Never Been Easier," 14 Dec. 2018 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

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