A family tree is an illustration that shows how
a person is linked by blood or marriage to his
or her relatives, whether living or dead.
Genealogy is the science of determining who
belongs to a particular family tree.
Genealogy is interesting in its own right:
all of us want to know who our relatives are.
It is also important for certain legal matters.
For example, genealogy plays an important role
in laws about inheritance. In cases where the line
of descent is not clear, a genealogist determines