Hints & Tips Two: Genealogy or Family History? What’s the Difference?

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Many, including the Society of Genealogists, use the terms genealogy and family history interchangeably. However there are slight difference 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)

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