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PEDIGREE, descents. A succession of degrees from the origin; it is the state of the family as far as regards the relationship of the different members, their births, marriages and deaths; this term is applied to persons or families, who trace their origin or descent.
     2. On account of the difficulty of proving in the ordinary manner by living witnesses, facts which occurred in remote times, hearsay evidence (q.v.) has been admitted to prove a pedigree. 1 Phil. Ev. 186; 1 Stark. Ev. 55; 10 Serg. & Rawle, 383; 2 Supp. to Ves. jr. 110; 8 Com. Dig. 583 1 Pet. 337; 6 Pet., 81; 13 Pet. 209 1 Wheat. 6; 3 Wash. C. C. R. 243; 4 Wash.C.C.R.186; 3Bouv.Inst.n. 3067. Vide Descent; Line.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The remainder of the pedigree selection and strain evaluation process for the WS EGT procedure was the same as described above for the CS EGT.
An [S.sub.2] breeding line (OSU 43-2) was selected from GEM breeding population FS8A(S):S09 using pedigree selection methods.
Pedigree selection was practiced within the B[C.sub.1] [F.sub.2], B[C.sub.1][F.sub.3], and B[C.sub.1][F.sub.4] populations for high-oleic (O) and low-linoleic (L) fatty acid ratio, desirable pod shape, seed size, testa color, growth habit, maturity, high yield, and grade characteristics.