Genealogy Glossary

A glossary of definitions for Genealogy and related terms and phrases. Other definitions may apply in different circumstances but are not included.

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Cemetery Records

Cemetery caretakers usually keep records of the names and death dates of those buried at the cemetery. Maps of the grave sites may also be found.

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Common Ancestor

A person through whom two or more persons claim descent or lineage.

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Consanguinity

The degree of relationship between persons who descend from a common ancestor. A father and son are related by lineal consanguinity, uncle and nephew by collateral sanguinity.

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Consort

Can be a wife, husband, spouse, mate, or companion.

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Cousin

A child of an aunt or uncle; in earlier times a kinsman, close relative, or friend.

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