Ethnicity is defined as the ethnic or cultural origins of an individual's ancestors. Ethnic groups are defined by a shared set of evolutionary features including bone structure, physical characteristics, skin tone and si... More »

When Europeans first began assigning each other surnames to differentiate individuals in expanding urban areas, the names frequently referenced someone's appearance or the place that they were from. Names such as "Long,"... More »

Last names are traditionally derived from either a person's father's name, the geography near a person's home, an occupation or a nickname. Each language or dialect uses specific markers for these names, such as prefixes... More » Education

Create a family tree by using online tools or programs specifically designed for genealogies or by mapping out the descendants and ancestors of an individual by hand. A family tree traces the descendants and ancestors of... More » Family Genealogy

Trace ancestors using websites such as the USGenWeb Project, MyHeritage and provides finding aids such as microfilm indexes in preparation for a free visit to the U.S. National Archives. More » Family Genealogy

Find your ancestors by speaking to relatives and asking for specific information, such as birth dates, marriages, places they lived, military service and their occupations, as well as their parents, siblings and other fa... More » Family Genealogy

Common items that show on a pedigree chart are name, date of birth, sex, genetic information and ancestors. People use pedigree templates for humans and animal husbandry. The charts typically include four or five generat... More » Family Genealogy