Profession genealogist

Genealogists trace history and lineages of families. The results of their effort are displayed in a table of the descent from person to person which forms a family tree or they are written as narratives. Genealogists use analysis of public records, informal interviews, genetic analysis, and other methods to gain input information.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Conventional
  • Investigative / Artistic


  • Investigation research methods

    The methods and strategies used to conduct police, government intelligence or military investigation research, as well as the research regulations specific to the operation.

  • Genealogy

    Study of historical relations and lineages among family relatives displayed in a table of the descent from person to person which forms a family tree or in a form of written narratives.


  • Write work-related reports

    Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.

  • Research the past in recorded sources

    Analyse recorded sources such as government records, newspapers, biographies, and letters in order to uncover and interpret the past.

  • Conduct research interview

    Use professional researching and interviewing methods and techniques to gather relevant data, facts or information, to gain new insights and to fully comprehend the message of the interviewee.

  • Inspect data

    Analyse, transform and model data in order to discover useful information and to support decision-making.

  • Research family histories

    Determine history of a family and its family tree by researching into existing genealogical databases, conducting interviews and performing qualitative research into reliable sources.

  • Analyse legislation

    Analyse the existing legislation from a national or local government in order to assess which improvements could be made and which items of legislation could be proposed.

  • Consult information sources

    Consult relevant information sources to find inspiration, to educate yourself on certain topics and to acquire background information.

  • Conduct qualitative research

    Gather relevant information by applying systematic methods, such as interviews, focus groups, text analysis, observations and case studies.

Optional knowledge and skills

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