Author: Paul Hannan

This lesson will explore patrilineal and matrilneal descent in families. Descent and bilateral descent will be defined.

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Terms to Know
  • Bilateral Descent

    Tracing descent through both the males and the females in society.

  • Descent

    The system people use to trace their kinship relationships through generations.

  • Matrilineal Descent

    Tracing descent through the females in society.

  • Patrilineal Descent

    Tracing descent through the males in society.