Is Paternal Blood line the right term?

Started by Private User on Saturday, September 18, 2010


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Private User
9/18/2010 at 3:40 PM

Simply a paternal blood line?

Me => My Father => My Father's Father .. ... My Father's (x20) Father

I have been following back and get stuck in Holland around the mid-1500's with James Spooner.

So I am trying to figure out the right term for what James Spooner is to me (aside from 10th Great Grandfather) is there even a term for the last member of your paternal blood line?

Jon Spooner
new guy

9/18/2010 at 4:17 PM

I've heard the word 'progenitor' used. From Merriam-Webster:

progenitor (thesaurus)
A person from whom one is descended: ancestor, antecedent, ascendant, father, forebear, forefather, foremother, mother, parent, predecessor. One that precedes, as in time: ancestor, antecedent, forerunner,...

progenitor (dictionary)
A direct ancestor. An originator of a line of descent; a precursor. An originator; a founder: progenitors of the new music.

Private User
9/18/2010 at 4:41 PM

Within Genetic Genealogy this is usually referred to as Earliest Known Direct Male Ancestor. Since it is possible to track such lines through Y-chromosome analysis, they are very interesting.

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