This article is about the study of family lineage and history.
Dating a family member is called
" would be answered by a description of father, mother, and tribe.
New Zealand Māori, for example, learn whakapapa (genealogies) to discover who they are.
For the medical family history, see Family history (medicine).
For the sociocultural evolution of kinship, see History of the family.
Family history plays a part in the practice of some religious belief systems.
For example, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) has a doctrine of baptism for the dead, which necessitates that members of that faith engage in family history research.In Nazi Germany, family histories were compiled to affirm individuals' affiliation with the "master race" and to adhere to legal requirements for marriage.In Germany today, family history is still often perceived as a threat to privacy rather than as a source of self-esteem.This often requires—or leads to—knowledge of antiquated laws, old political boundaries, migration trends, and historical socioeconomic or religious conditions.Genealogists sometimes specialize in a particular group, e.g.The Society of Genealogists, while also using the terms interchangeably, describes genealogy as the "establishment of a Pedigree by extracting evidence, from valid sources, of how one generation is connected to the next" and family history as "a biographical study of a genealogically proven family and of the community and country in which they lived".