Thursday, 7 April 2016

A-Z Challenge 2016: F is for Family History
Well, it would be, wouldn't it? I mean, are you surprised? *big grin*

Sometimes people wonder why some folk call it 'genealogy' and some folk call it 'family history'.  Same difference, right?  Well, in some people's minds, that's right (a difference which makes no difference is no difference, said William James, the wordsmith).  But there are definite differences in definition (this post should have been the 'D' post).

1. A record or table of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or ancestors; a family tree.
2. Direct descent from an ancestor; lineage or pedigree. (from the Free Dictionary)

Family History:
(This is only one meaning): A family history is a record of medical information about an individual and their biological family.
(This is my interpretation): Family history not only records all the names-dates-locations, but also the stories behind the people.  As somebody once said: "Genealogy links charts. Family History links hearts."
Do you agree? Do you have any other ideas?
© 2016 Ros Haywood. All Rights Reserved


  1. I agree! To me family history is much more than names and dates, but the exploration of our ancestors' lives - where they lived, how they lived and worked etc. The absorbing aspect is, as you say, discovering their stories.

    1. And even if you only find out one tiny thing, it makes them feel more real, and closer somehow.

  2. Sometimes family history can be incorrect but it does have heart and a soul. It brings feelings to the history which is what I like

  3. I agree with you about the distinction between genealogy and family history. I type medical reports and there is a section in them that the doctors do want to know the family history and it pertains to medical conditions, not the genealogy aspect of one's family.


    1. Often you only find out about these family ailments when doing genealogy.

  4. I always thought Genealogy was a bit so-and-so begat so-and-so who begat so-and-so....yawn. Family History for me is about placing the family in the context of the history of the times.Alex from
    Family Tree Frog



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