line of descent

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Noun1.line of descent - the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors
family relationship, kinship, relationship - (anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption
bilateral descent - line of descent traced through both the maternal and paternal sides of the family
unilateral descent - line of descent traced through one side of the family
2.line of descent - the descendants of one individualline of descent - the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors"
kinfolk, kinsfolk, phratry, family line, sept, folk, family - people descended from a common ancestor; "his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"
side - a family line of descent; "he gets his brains from his father's side"
family tree, genealogy - successive generations of kin
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It appears that the line of descent is through the women.
I had learned, too, the very remarkable fact, that the stem of the Usher race, all time-honoured as it was, had put forth, at no period, any enduring branch; in other words, that the entire family lay in the direct line of descent, and had always, with very trifling and very temporary variation, so lain.
The Wilson line of descent there can be traced back to the 14th century.
Reading about the line of descent of Turkey on all global media freedom lists has become routine as well.
Since that heritage was on his father's side, he did not qualify as a Seneca within the strictly matrilineal line of descent followed by all of the Haudenosaunee Nations, and was not enrolled.
At the time archae-ologistswere hopingto identify remains of Richard's sister in Belgium and needed a female line of descent.
There is a direct line of descent from Bruel's early innovations to the sound and vibration solutions Bruel & Kjaer provides today.
For the remaining families, the genealogical research concentrated on finding at least one line of descent from couple A to the proband.
Their data demonstrated that there is a transgenerational transmission via the maternal, but not the paternal, line of descent.
This suggests that part of the genetic overlap observed between some modern dogs and wolves is the result of interbreeding after dog domestication, not a direct line of descent from one group of wolves.
Horse racing had first come to Ely on May 30, 1855, and the racecourse was in direct line of descent from the one at Heath Farm.
Its outcome was at best mixed: The line of descent was preserved (Hassan was the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed), but Hassan gave up rule over the Muslim community to Muawiyah and was years later almost certainly poisoned on Muawiyah's orders.