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Family histories


  • Narrative studies of families and the tracing of their lineages and histories. For lineages of people, or purebred animals in tabular or diagrammatic form see [Genealogical tables.]

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    • Family histories
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    • Genealogical histories
    • Genealogies (Histories)
    • Histories, Family
    • Histories, Genealogical
    • Narrative family histories
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    • found: Genre terms : a thesaurus for use in rare book and special collections cataloging, via WWW, July 30, 2014(Family histories. Use for narrative family histories. For family trees and other genealogical listings of family members, use "Genealogies." BT Historical works)
    • found: Reitz, J.M. ODLIS : online dictionary for library and information science, Sept. 8, 2014(genealogy: The study of the descent from a common ancestor (or ancestors) of a specific individual, family, or group of persons. Also refers to an enumeration of ancestors and their descendants in natural order of succession, usually in the form of a family tree.)
    • found: Art & architecture thesaurus online, Sept. 8, 2014(genealogies (histories). Accounts or histories of the descent of persons, families, or other groups, from an ancestor or ancestors; enumerations of ancestors and their descendants in the natural order of succession. BT histories (literature genre). NT genealogical tables; pedigrees)
    • found: Genealogy or family history? What's the difference?, via Society of Genealogists website, Sept. 8, 2014(Many, including the Society of Genealogists, use the terms genealogy and family history interchangeably. However there are slight differences in definition. Genealogy: Establishment of a Pedigree by extracting evidence, from valid sources, of how one generation is connected to the next. (In essence, this means the discipline of the construction of a valid family tree). Family History: A biographical study of a genealogically proven family and of the community and country in which they lived. (In essence, this means the writing of a biography of a series of related ancestors of common genealogy. Family History incorporates Genealogy)) - http://www.sog.org.uk/learn/education-sub-page-for-testing-navigation/guide-ten
    • found: Merriam-Webster online, Sept. 8, 2014(genealogy plural genealogies 1: an account of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or from older forms. 2: regular descent of a person, family, or group of organisms from a progenitor or older form : pedigree. 3: the study of family pedigrees. 4: an account of the origin and historical development of something)
    • found: The Oxford companion to local and family history, 1996(family history. The exploration of documentary sources by which to establish and prove the relationships set out in a pedigree (in earlier times usually for legal purposes), the later development of the writing of family history, and more recently the relating of that history to the social and economic history of the time, has been a slow process over a long period.)
  • General Notes

    • Narrative studies of families and the tracing of their lineages and histories. For lineages of people, or purebred animals in tabular or diagrammatic form see [Genealogical tables.]
  • Example Notes

    • Note under [Genealogical tables]
  • Change Notes

    • 2014-12-01: new
    • 2015-12-02: revised
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