Questions tagged [terminology]

Use the terminology tag for questions related to the meaning of words within the context of genealogy/family history. Be careful not to ask questions that can answered with a simple dictionary search.

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What is the difference between evidence and information?

What is evidence? I have piles and piles of historical records, old letters, e-mails, all of which provide details about my family. Is all of the information contained in these documents evidence?...
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What is the difference between 'genealogy' and 'family history'?

The name of this StackExchange site is 'Genealogy and Family History". That is two things instead of one. Why? What is the difference between those two things. I want to know, because the definitions ...
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What is the English equivalent to the German term “Spitzenahn”?

In German, Spitzenahn (plural Spitzenahnen) describes an ancestor (male or female) without parents that are known to you. It is not necessarily a brick wall (or an orphan with never known parents), ...
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Could “Our Mother” be a term of endearment on 1855 headstone?

In researching my great great grandmother, Elizabeth Cowan Short, I have located her death record in Franklin County, Ohio, USA (1896), as well as her burial record. They record her birth as 29 ...
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How do we properly use née for given names?

I know after checking various sites that née is often used after the current family name and before the maiden family name for a woman. But how is it properly used before a person's original given ...
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What is sibling of son-in-law or daughter-in-law called? [duplicate]

Is there a term for the sibling of ones son-in-law or daughter-in-law? Real-life example: The composer Dohnanyi had a son who married a sister of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. So Dohnanyi was the father of ...