What Latin-derived abbreviation could be used in place of "and the previous ones" or "and the predecessors" i.e., the opposite of et seq.?
I can't start from the other end and use et seq., because the context is a branching structure (could be a literal tree) where each branch point has only one immediate "predecessor" but may have many "successors." Therefore the concept of sequence applies to only one direction.
Example Sentence: "But let us consider the maternal line: Mary, Ana, [the word I am seeking would go here]." Note that "... Eve et. seq." does not have the same meaning because although a daughter has only one mother, a mother may have many daughters.