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GENEALOGY, also known as family history, is the study of families and the tracing of their lineages and history. Genealogists use oral interviews, historical records, genetic analysis, and other records to obtain information about a family and to demonstrate kinship and pedigrees of its members. The results are often displayed in charts or written as narratives.

The pursuit of family history and origins tends to be shaped by several motivations, including the desire to carve out a place for one's family in the larger historical picture, a sense of responsibility to preserve the past for future generations, and a sense of self-satisfaction in accurate storytelling.

A FAMILY TREE, or pedigree chart, is a chart representing family relationships in a conventional tree structure. The more detailed family trees used in medicine and social work are known as genograms.

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  • ANCESTRY.COM - since 1983. "World's largest online family history resource." As of December 2013, the company provided access to approximately 12.7 billion records and had 2.14 million paying subscribers.
  • Archives - "Family history made simple & affordable." Discover your family history. Quickly and simply search more than 4.6 billion photos, newspapers, and vital records to get information about your ancestors.
  • FAMILY TREE - "Make a Free Family Tree at Ancestry."
  • FAMILY TREE DNA - "History unearthed daily." Genetic testing to answer your gealogy questions. Find your relatives within 5 generations.
  • Family Tree Maker - since 1989. "The #1 Selling Family Tree Program." Easily build your family tree. Preserve your family legacy. Update your tree anywhere.
  • Find a Grave - since 1998. "162 Millions of Cemetery Records." Website that allows the public to search & add to an online database of cemetery records. It is owned by Ancestry.com, the world's largest for-profit genealogy company.
  • Fold3 - "Discover your family's military past." Historical military records.
  • GENEALOGY.COM - "Genforum & Family History Search." Genealogy.com is a source for family history buffs to find genealogical research originally posted in GenForum and our most popular genealogy articles. Start a search or browse below to start digging into your family's past!
  • GENEBASE - "It's in your genes." Leading provider of premium DNA testing services in the US, UK, Canada and over 100 countries internationally. Build your Interactive Family Tree. It's Free!
  • GENI - "Family Tree & Family History." Create your family tree and invite relatives to share. Search 175 million profiles and discover new ancestors. Share photos, videos and more at Geni.com.
  • GRAMPS - "Genealogical Research Software." Gramps is a free software project and community. We strive to produce a genealogy program that is both intuitive for hobbyists and feature-complete for professional genealogists. It is a community project, created, developed and governed by genealogists.
  • MYHERITAGE.COM - since 2003. Commercial family-oriented social network service and genealogy website. It allows paying members to create their own family websites, share pictures and videos, organize family events, create family trees, and search for ancestors. With over 75 million users, MyHeritage is one of the largest sites in the social networking and genealogy field.
  • MyTrees.com - "Family Tree, Ancestry and Family History Search." One of the most advanced genealogical research sites in the world. Since 1996 we have successfully set new standards in the presentation of genealogical data on the World Wide Web. We were the first website to have an online family tree, the first to give away a genealogy program to use off line, the first to allow our patrons to download their family tree in gedcom format, the first to present the data in a family pedigree format, and the first to provide an automated Every Family Search over every name in your family tree.
  • Rootsweb - "Finding our roots together."
  • The Genographic Project - "The Human Story. Join The Project To Learn About Your Story." Since its launch in 2005, National Geographic’s Genographic Project has used advanced DNA analysis and worked with indigenous communities to help answer fundamental questions about where humans originated and how we came to populate the Earth. Now, cutting-edge technology is enabling us to shine a powerful new light on our collective past. By participating in the latest phase of this real-time scientific project, you can learn more about yourself than you ever thought possible. As of 2013 some 600,000 people have contributed their DNA for analysis.
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