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  • The world wide web is making genealogy easier than ever.
  • The researcher is utilizing a database that combines genealogy records with vital statistics including cause-of-death.
  • "I’m not great at genealogy," he said, "but I can go as far back as that."
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Malefactor
  • Oh, there were no kinks in it, any more than were there kinks in the hair of her entire genealogy.
    London, Jack  --  The Red One

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  • Deborah grabbed several photocopied pages from a genealogy how-to book and...
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Afterward, Annie had, at Mae’s insistence, shown her some documents, ancient yellowed papers detailing their family history, a beautiful black portfolio of genealogies, scholarly articles, pictures of grave old men with extravagant sideburns standing near rough-hewn cabins.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • "Just a little genealogy project," my father replied, lingering near the door.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Mr. Smit disentangled himself gently from Father’s genealogical inquiries and followed me upstairs.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • As I say, he was notably left-leaning for a Southerner: six or seven years later, at the height of the McCarthy hysteria, he furiously resigned as president-elect of the Virginia chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, to which for largely genealogical reasons he had belonged for a quarter of a century, when that mossback organization issued a manifesto in support of the Senator from Wisconsin.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Frank’s passion for genealogy was yet another reason for choosing the Highlands.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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  • Perfect trove of information about New York history—dates, names, genealogies.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • They took medical histories and constructed family genealogies.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • It was an elaborate genealogy.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Prince Andrew, looking again at that genealogical tree, shook his head, laughing as a man laughs who looks at a portrait so characteristic of the original as to be amusing.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The genealogical trees at the end of the Red Book of Westmarch are a small book in themselves, and all but Hobbits would find them exceedingly dull.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Perhaps a description would be more helpful than a lecture on fairy genealogy.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Yours, Anne FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, 1944 Dearest Kitty, In recent weeks I’ve developed a great liking for family trees and the genealogical tables of royal families.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • If a question in heraldry were started, Athos knew all the noble families of the kingdom, their genealogy, their alliances, their coats of arms, and the origin of them.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • All these he bequeathed to me, with a thousand Roman crowns, which he had in ready money, on condition that I would have anniversary masses said for the repose of his soul, and that I would draw up a genealogical tree and history of his house.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Blomkvist had spent five hours with Vanger, and it took much of the night and all of Tuesday to type up his notes and piece together the genealogy into a comprehensible whole.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • What tangled skeins are the genealogies of slavery!
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • On the Trojan side, a complex royal genealogy results in the city being called variously Troy, Ilion, and Pergamos.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • No chance-child was he, for he could trace his genealogy all the way back to his parents, who lived hard by; his mother being a washerwoman, and his father a drunken soldier, discharged with a wooden leg, and a diurnal pension of twopence-halfpenny and an unstateable fraction.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • After Sir Bliant had ridden away, King Pelles stumped upstairs to do some biblical genealogy.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Names are often repeated in dynasties, and the genealogies show that a distant ancestor of Thror was referred to, Thrain I, a fugitive from Moria, who first discovered the Lonely Mountain, Erebor, and ruled there for a while, before his people moved on to the remoter mountains of the North.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • Till then the entire history of the long period which separated Abraham from Noah was contained in two of the most forbiddingly genealogical chapters of the Book of Genesis.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • I must not forget that these coarsely-clad little peasants are of flesh and blood as good as the scions of gentlest genealogy; and that the germs of native excellence, refinement, intelligence, kind feeling, are as likely to exist in their hearts as in those of the best-born.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Perhaps some genealogist of the future will come across this patch of bones and wonder why so many fishermen died on the prairies.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • They were authorities on the genealogies of everyone who was anyone in Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia and did not bother their heads about the other states, because they believed that no one who was anybody ever came from states other than these three.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • She didn’t say so much—she was interested in high life—she asked me a lot of questions about my genealogy and all that sort of thing, as if I knew anything about it.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • It is a fact of some interest to the local historian and genealogist, nothing more.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • A placid or melancholy bull with no interest in cows will have no interest for genealogy either, since with characteristics like these, its line will die out at once.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • [58] One sent forth the praises of Athelstane in a doleful panegyric; another, in a Saxon genealogical poem, rehearsed the uncouth and harsh names of his noble ancestry.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • In sleep there come to the surface buried genealogical facts, ancestral curves, dead men’s traits, which the mobility of daytime animation screens and overwhelms.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • I am not a genealogist, but if these preachers tell truth, we are all second cousins.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • She ridiculed her own attempts at genealogy; the family tree was wintry and bare, as well as rootless.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • A few years ago I tracked Grandpa down, told him we were studying family genealogy in school.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • Oh, thou magnanimous! now I do glory in my genealogy.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Lord John Corley some called him and his genealogy came about in this wise.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Most people imagined them to be the very apex of the pyramid; but they themselves (at least those of Mrs. Archer’s generation) were aware that, in the eyes of the professional genealogist, only a still smaller number of families could lay claim to that eminence.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Sometimes we lettered on Jimmy’s genealogical chart, it being a belief of the Kleins that they went back to a Spanish family called Avila, in the thirteenth century.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • He was an encyclopedia when it came to Xhosa genealogy and told me facts about my father that I had never known.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • This idea is superbly rendered in another metaphysical genealogy of the Maoris: From the conception the increase, From the increase the thought, From the thought the remembrance, From the remembrance the consciousness, From the consciousness the desire.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • But it is a vital, frisky city unburdened by the pretensions and the genealogical sinuosities of Charleston.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • That a creature made—in a genealogical sense—out of a man’s rib, and in this particular case maintained in the highest respectability without any trouble of her own, should be normally in a state of contradiction to the blandest propositions and even to the most accommodating concessions, was a mystery in the scheme of things to which he had often in vain sought a clew in the early chapters of Genesis.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • And perhaps there had been some pleasure in pointing Mr. Brooke’s attention to this ugly bit of Ladislaw’s genealogy, as a fresh candle for him to see his own folly by.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • When she ventured to Sunday School and heard the teachers droning that the genealogy of Shamsherai was a valuable ethical problem for children to think about; when she experimented with Wednesday prayer-meeting and listened to store-keeping elders giving their unvarying weekly testimony in primitive erotic symbols and such gory Chaldean phrases as "washed in the blood of the lamb" and "a vengeful God"; when Mrs. Bogart boasted that through his boyhood she had made Cy confess nightly…
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • It was long after their usual hour of retiring, and they had expected him, at the very latest, two hours ago; but the time had not hung heavily on their hands, for Mrs Nickleby had entertained Smike with a genealogical account of her family by the mother’s side, comprising biographical sketches of the principal members, and Smike had sat wondering what it was all about, and whether it was learnt from a book, or said out of Mrs Nickleby’s own head; so that they got on together very…
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • He waved his hand, dismissing genealogies.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • I saw him in the genealogy room earlier.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
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