Going to try my best to describe my question in a half decent way.

Is there a generic term for the subject you are using to define the ancestor/descendent relationship?

Or, another way: If I'm the focal point that defines everyone before me as ancestors, and after me as descendants, do I have a term like ancestor and descendant?

  • @Cascabel "Family" would include siblings, etc. which is not what OP is looking for. – ispiro Nov 10 '20 at 20:41
  • I can't find a perfect match, but perhaps the closest would be: "ancestral lineage", meaning any lineage which includes you. Perhaps it's a bit of a stretch, though... – ispiro Nov 10 '20 at 21:04
  • On an Ahnentafel, which is one of the standard ways of presenting ancestors, the person whose ancestry is given is person number 1. Father is 2, mother 3, etc. – Xanne Nov 11 '20 at 3:14

"If I'm the focal point that defines everyone..."


-the place where something happens or the central area of interest in something being discussed:

-Cambridge online

Another suggestion...


an important connection between the parts of a system or a group of things:

These are general terms: There is probably no single word to describe a family relationship of this type.

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