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.
He drew a direct line of descent to phones and computer screens from the numerous techniques that slot-machine designers use to entice gamblers to sit for hours losing money.
He jumps past other manifestations of popular drama in the Middle Ages to construct a line of descent from the Mysteries to the death of Shakespeare.
Riddell's magnificent drawings are clearly in line of descent from Tenniel's in Alice in Wonderland, which is fitting because the book is a meeting point of Alice in Wonderland and Animal Farm.
After he got his DNA report he was amazed to learn about hundreds of others belonging to his Haplogroup - a group where individuals share a common ancestor or a single genetic line of descent dating back thousands of years.
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.
At the time archaeologists were hoping to identify remains of Richard's sister in Belgium and needed a female line of descent.
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.
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.