The Ancestry Guide


Ancestry Knowledgebase and Glossary

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Cell The cell is the structural and functional unit of all known living organisms.
Census A census is the procedure of acquiring information about every member of a given population.
In the United Kingdom a census was carried out every 10 years commencing in 1841 until 1901.
Census inaccuracies The ages of people over 15 years old were usually rounded down to the nearest 5 years.
Therefore, someone who was actually 24 years would have their age listed as 20, and someone who was actually 27 years old would have their age listed as 25.
Coat of arms A coat of arms or armorial bearings, in European tradition, is a design belonging to a particular person (or group of people) and used by them in a wide variety of ways.
They were once used by knights to identify them apart from enemy soldiers. Unlike seals and emblems, coats of arms have a formal description that is expressed as a blazon.
Cogito Ergo Sum I think Therefore I am (Saying)
Community In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.
Consanguinity The property of being from the same lineage as another person. Consanguinity is the quality of being descended from the same ancestor as another person.
In regard to family law, generally, consanguinity becomes important in defining who may marry and who may inherit.
Cousin A cousin in kinship terminology is a relative with whom one shares a common ancestor.

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