Many believe that it is all "genealogy" and then there are those that believe that it should be called "family history."
I am NOT going to present the arguments that folks have presented for either term - you can find those arguments on your own by performing a Google search and reading the arguments yourself. Nor will I present my own opinion. For those of you that know me, that is unusual.
Part of the argument is also - what terms appeal to newer and younger researchers as we encourage them to join us in this incredibly rewarding endeavor.
So - here are the facts - presented as data via Google search terms and trending information from Google themselves. Using Google Trends, essentially this can help us gauge interest in and usage of pertinent search terms. There are a variety of options with this analysis tool, such as geography and categorization, as well as assessing term usage over time.
But let's make this simple. Let us gauge first the use of the term "genealogy" and its trends since about 2004 (the chart on the top), and then the use of the term "family history" for the same time period (the chart right below). As you can see, since their peaks in 2004, both terms' usage have taken a nose dive in popularity, with the term "genealogy" taking a bit of a deeper dive.
And now for the big surprise I added a third term "ancestry" (which is orange) to see how it fared. Take a look at the results from the data:
So, you can read the results from Google searches and the resulting trends; and you can make allowances if you want to for advertising effects.
But you can't ignore the data, can you?
Maybe "ancestry" should be the new buzz word. Then again, maybe not.
You be the judge.