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The study and tracing of lines of descent (family trees)is known as what?
a) gametology
b) garbology
c) gelotology
d) geneaology
e) genecology
f) geobiology
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Now THAT is true!!!!


But Hoff you are no ordinary Sloth!


Some can pull it off, Lions for instance, but sloths, I am not certain.


I am sure you would look very fetching :))


I have often considered cornrows, but just am not quite certain I could pull it off.


Have you ever thought of a braid or two Hoff. You could set a new trend :))


You are a lucky fellow.


Why thank you! Just had my mane and tail plaited...

The new stable-girl is very obliging! :))


Hello hippo, looking good.


Hm, I have just checked my gelotometer.

Seems like the gelotological index has just risen.

Oh, hello there Hoff! :))


LOL :)) :))


As Jello has nothing to do with trees, discard gelotology and put genealogy in the proper place.

Please note, genealogy is NOT actually on the list.


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Got it.


And the answer is................ d) Geneaology

Genealogy is the study of families, family history, and the tracing of their lineages. Genealogists use oral interviews, historical records, genetic analysis, and other records to obtain information about a family and to demonstrate kinship and pedigrees of its members. The results are often displayed in charts or written as narratives. Although generally used interchangeably, the traditional definition of "genealogy" begins with a person who is usually deceased and traces his or her descendants forward in time, whereas, "family history" begins with a person who is usually living and traces his or her ancestors. Both the Society of Genealogists in the United Kingdom and the National Genealogical Society in the United States state that the word "genealogy" often refers to the scholarly discipline of researching lineages and connecting generations, whereas "family history" often refers to biographical studies of one’s family, including family narratives and traditions.
The pursuit of family history and origins tends to be shaped by several motives, including the desire to carve out a place for one's family in the larger historical picture, a sense of responsibility to preserve the past for future generations, and self-satisfaction in accurate storytelling. Genealogy research is also performed for scholarly or forensic purposes.
Amateur genealogists typically pursue their own ancestry and that of their spouses. Professional genealogists may also conduct research for others, publish books on genealogical methods, teach, or produce their own databases. They may work for companies that provide software or produce materials of use to other professionals and to amateurs. Both try to understand not just where and when people lived, but also their lifestyles, biographies, and motivations. This often requires—or leads to—knowledge of antiquated laws, old political boundaries, migration trends, and historical socioeconomic or religious conditions.
Genealogists sometimes specialise in a particular group, e.g. a Scottish clan; a particular surname, such as in a one-name study; a small community, e.g. a single village or parish, such as in a one-place study; or a particular, often famous, person. Bloodlines of Salem is an example of a specialised family-history group. It welcomes members who can prove descent from a participant of the Salem Witch Trials or who simply choose to support the group.
Genealogists and family historians often join family history societies, where novices can learn from more experienced researchers. Such societies generally serve a specific geographical area. Their members may also index records to make them more accessible, and engage in advocacy and other efforts to preserve public records and cemeteries. Some schools engage students in such projects as a means to reinforce lessons regarding immigration and history. Other benefits include family medical histories with families with serious medical conditions that are hereditary.
The terms "genealogy" and "family history" are often used synonymously, but some offer a slight difference in definition. 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".
Individuals conduct genealogical research for a number of reasons.
Personal or medical interest
Private individuals do genealogy out of curiosity about their heritage. This curiosity can be particularly strong among those whose family histories were lost or unknown due to, for example, adoption or separation from family through divorce, death, or other situations. In addition to simply wanting to know more about who they are and where they came from, individuals may research their genealogy to learn about any hereditary diseases in their family history.
There is a growing interest in family history in the media as a result of advertising and television shows sponsored by large genealogy companies such as This coupled with easier access to online records and the affordability of DNA tests has both inspired curiosity and allowed those who are curious to easily start investigating their ancestry.
Community or religious obligation
In communitarian societies, one's identity is defined as much by one's kin network as by individual achievement, and the question "Who are you?" would be answered by a description of father, mother, and tribe. New Zealand Māori, for example, learn whakapapa (genealogies) to discover who they are.
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 East Asian countries that were historically shaped by Confucianism, many people follow a practice of ancestor worship as well as genealogical record-keeping. Ancestor's names are inscribed on tablets and placed in shrines, where rituals are performed. Genealogies are also recorded in genealogy books. This practice is rooted in the belief that respect for one's family is a foundation for a healthy society.
Establishing identity
Royal families, both historically and in modern times, keep records of their genealogies in order to establish their right to rule and determine who will be the next sovereign. For centuries in various cultures, ones genealogy has been a source of political and social status.
Some countries and indigenous tribes allow individuals to obtain citizenship based on their genealogy. In Ireland, for example, an individual can become a citizen if one of their grandparents was born in Ireland, even if the individual or their parents were not born there. In societies such as Australia or the United States, there was by the 20th century growing pride in the pioneers and nation-builders. Establishing descent from these was, and is, important to lineage societies such as the Daughters of the American Revolution and The Mayflower Society. Modern family history explores new sources of status, such as celebrating the resilience of families that survived generations of poverty or slavery, or the success of families in integrating across racial or national boundaries. Some family histories even emphasise links to celebrity criminals, such as the bushranger Ned Kelly in Australia.
Legal and forensic research
Lawyers involved in probate cases do genealogy to locate heirs of property.
Detectives may perform genealogical research using DNA evidence to identify victims of homicides or perpetrators of crimes.
Scholarly research
Historians and geneticists may do genealogical research to gain a greater understanding of specific topics in their respective fields. Professional genealogists conduct paid genealogical research for any of the above individuals. They also publish their research in peer-reviewed journals.



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Know this one :0)




This one I can answer. Thanks, Bonnie. ☺


Thanks a lot Lefty, I'm very ashamed, to forget the obvious


Women have more sense than to stand on bare branches of a tree.


Bullshit - not possible at all !! In the old days as well as now, it's not possible to grow a family tree without women !!!!!!!!!!



The answer is of course iii).

(Nah, I am just having a larf...)


That would be choice v).


what about g) gynecology?


I like B the best


This one I DO know.


Gelotology is quite simply the study of Gelo.

In most countries, it is spelled Jello, but it is completely acceptable (especially in the field), to call it Gelo.


Thank you and LOL Hippo :))

Well done, in advance Ellen and I don't blame you :))


I'm staying out of that discussion below! But I know the answer.


Are you accusing me of agnotology?

I suppose I might be wrong. My forte being agrostology/graminology...

But you are right, gelotology IS a word. I guess you are an expert... :))


GelOtology is an ology :))

Gelatology, however is a great hobby :))


gelotology spelling error?

Shouldn't that be gelAtology? My favourite subject of study...


There are a couple of words in that list that inspired me to investigate further.


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Heard about the drug addict fisherman who accidentally caught a duck? Now he's hooked on the quack.

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