What is the difference between Genealogy and Family History?
I am now in my 3rd year of study in Canadian and American genealogy. In my course of study students are to know the difference between “genealogy” and “family history”.
- Genealogy is the collection of birth, marriage and death information.
- Family History provides more details regarding our ancestor’s personalities and background information in which they live.
I discovered the origins of my ancestors and have validated this through DNA and sources. I can produce pedigree charts and family group sheets on several of my ancestors after many years of research. However I am missing a big part of the picture. My next project is approaching my research work as a family historian. What I mean by this is providing more detail about their personalities and the background information in which they lived.
The above mentioned differences are supported by the Library & Archives of Canada – Genealogy & Family History Glossary and other sources.