Monday, October 05, 2020

In other genealogy words

  • ahnentafel, noun. A genealogical numbering system for listing a person’s direct ancestors in a fixed sequence of ascent (From German for ancestor table).
  • ancestry, noun. Family or ancestral descent; lineage.
  • bastardy, noun. The status of being born to parents who were not married.
  • census, noun. An official count and description of the people living in a country, colony, state, county, township, or city; a periodic count of the population.
  • circa, preposition. About, approximately(often preceding a date; abbreviated ca.)
  • collateral (genealogy), noun and adjective. A member of a family but not in the direct line, such as an aunt, uncle, or cousin; descended from the same stock but by a different line.
  • consort, noun. A husband or wife; spouse, especially of a reigning monarch.
  • emigrate, verb. To leave one’s country of residence to settle in another.
  • family tree, noun. A diagram showing the relationship between people in several generations of a family.
  • fan chart, noun. A type of family tree chart that begins with the subject in the middle bottom, and fans out in a half circle representing ancestors.
  • graving, noun. The hobby of searching out specific graves for genealogical purposes, including the practice of photographing tombstones to post on genealogical web sites.
  • haplogroup, noun (Genetics). A set of similar haplotypes inherited together, or a group who shares a set of similar haplotypes, used to understand genetic lineages.
  • haplotype, noun (Genetics). A combination of closely linked DNA sequences on one chromosome that are often inherited together.
  • immigrate, verb. To come into a new country to live permanently.
  • intestate, adjective. Having made no valid will or not disposed of by a legal will.
  • maternal, adjective. Related on the mother’s side.
  • nonage, noun. The period of legal minority; any age prior to the legal age.
  • once removed, adjective. One generation apart (also twice removed, two generations apart, etc.).
  • paternal, adjective. Related on the father’s side.
  • probate, noun, adjective, and verb. The official proving of a will as authentic or valid in a probate court; of or relating to probate or a probate court; to establish the authenticity or validity of a will.
  • progeny, noun. The immediate descendants of a person.
  • sibling, noun and adjective. A brother or sister; of or relating to a brother or sister.
  • stemma, noun. A recorded genealogy of a family; the descendants of one individual.
  • widow, noun. A woman whose husband has died.
  • widower, noun. A man whose wife has died.

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