A scientific paper on this topic, with this precise title, got me to thinking about the word.
Ancestry. Besides being a big corporate conglomerate hoping to suck as much money as possible out of grandmothers everywhere, it is a word created long before predatory capitalism became an idea.
I wonder what the dictionary definition is. It is a three-syllable word, an·ces·try. Merriam-Webster has the following:
Definition of ancestry
1: line of descent : LINEAGE
especially : honorable, noble, or aristocratic descent
2: persons initiating or comprising a line of descent : ANCESTORS
I prefer the more straightforward and simplistic:
: a person’s ancestors : the people who were in your family in past times
I am always looking for background, so here is what Douglas Harper says. It comes from French and before that Latin, dating to around the year 1300.