Wider term than "ancestors"?

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  1. Barley

    Barley Active Member

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    To me, the word "ancestors" means only the direct ones - parents of parents and so on. But we also do research on their brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, in-laws etc. I can't bring myself to call those people ancestors (although I think some people do). Can we call them "forbears" or are we left with "rellies"? Any better ideas for what we should call the wider spread of people we research?
    Barbara
     
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    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    Collateral lines?. Sounds a bit like collateral damage doesn’t it?
     
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    GrannyBarb Custodian of the Family Accounts

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    Ancestors and their extended families? o_O
     
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    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    Collateral lines are those descended from the siblings of your direct ancestor. For example the siblings of your great grandparents and then down through their descendants. So the brother of your ancestor is not your ancestor but his father is.
     
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    Twiglets.
     
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    Chimp Moderator & Cheeky Human IMP Staff Member

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    collateral damage would fit well with my family :D:angel:
     
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    GrannyBarb Custodian of the Family Accounts

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    I always called those folks "cousins." :confused:
     
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    There seems to be no easy way to name the group "ancestors + cousins + twigets" though - the whole crowd of the people we research, not all direct ancestors.
     
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    GrannyBarb Custodian of the Family Accounts

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    Well, if it strays too far from direct ancestors - just call 'em family. {-(^^)-}
     
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    I've often thought the same, they aren't ancestors unless they are my direct line but there seems no official word to describe them
     
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    MollyMay Knows where to find the answers!

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    How about antecedents
     
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    :sceptical:
    Yes, I suppose antecedents will do, but I still see that as my direct line
     
  13. Ma-dotcom

    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    'Rellies' are what I have whether they like it or not. ;) or 'connections' which include the spousal parties.
     
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    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    I'll go with that.
     
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    I refer to them as in-laws and out-laws of ancestors!
     
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