An Ancestor …Paternal and Maternal

An ancestor is a person from whom you are descended. Your ancestors are your

  • parents,
  • grandparents,
  • great-grandparents,
  • great-great-grandparents, and so on.

Your mother’s ancestors are your maternal ancestors. Your father’s ancestors are your paternal ancestors. You are a descendant of your ancestors. Your descendants are your

  • children,
  • grandchildren,
  • great-grandchildren, and so on.

The relationships between you and your ancestors and you and your descendants are known as lineal (straight-line) relationships.

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