Family Tree Vocabulary
The list below provides some of the key family tree vocabulary phrases and definitions required to understand a little more about a family tree.
Ancestor – This is a person whom you are related to, who is generally a generation above your grandparent.
Family Tree – This is a diagram that shows a person’s entire family. Typically a family tree diagram shows parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.
Genealogy – This is the study of family history and identifying key information within a family’s history including names and dates.
Maiden Name – This is a woman’s surname before she was married and took the surname of her husband.
Surname – This is the last name of the person’s family.
Timeline – This is a list of key events organized in time sequence. When looking at a person within your family key events may include birth, educational dates, marriage, death etc.
Family Tree Members
The image below shows the key relationships within a family tree and can be used as a guide to explain the family tree to children. As a child, it can be confusing to know the different relationships within a family. This chart is an excellent way to get started with family trees and can prove to be a very useful exercise for children.