Entry: gateway ancestor
Description: A rather meaningless term that family historians enjoy using. Imagine bursting through brambles, gorse and woodland predators only to emerge on a hidden valley courtesy of a lovely neat white gate. Powerful imagery employed by broadband providers. I have several gateway ancestors that collected something more valuable than Nectar points (UK) or airmiles (US) but blood mixed from 4 or more counties. Although they would be banned from most UK supermarkets as an utterly untraceable product they are very much welcomed on the tree of a family historian.