JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Direct and Indirect Descendants #general

Judith Romney Wegner

I keep seeing references to "Direct Descendants".

Can somebody inform me - and perhaps also others - what an "Indirect
Descendant is?

Leslie Reich, Salford, England
Leslie's rhetorical question is well taken. Of course he is quire right:
one is either a person's direct descendant or no descendant at all. But
some people specify "direct descendant" because in common parlance the term
"ancestor" is often used loosely, to include the siblings and collaterals
of one's actual ("direct") forebear. By the same token, the term
"desendant" is sometimes loosely used to include people descended from
collaterals of the ancestor under discussion. Therefore, the term
"direct descendant" is sometimes used to emphasize a direct line .

Judith Romney Wegner

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