Basic Terms for Genealogy
Genealogy = the study and tracing of lines of descent
Ancestors = a person, typically one more remote than a grandparent, from whom one is descended [your ancestors are the individuals from whom you are biologically descended and ancestry is information about them and their genetic relationship to you]
Ancestry = one’s family or ethnic descent.
Descendant = a person who is descended from a particular ancestor.
Family Historian = a person who writes and compiles stories about their ancestor’s lives.
Family Tree = a genealogical chart showing the ancestry, descent, and relationship of all members of a family or other genealogical group.
DNA testing = results include information about your genetic ethnicity estimates.
View the video below for a further explanation of the terminology used in Genealogy.
Below is a shared attachment sent in by a beginner genealogist.