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+ | A "cousin" has to be one of the most misunderstood or confusing terms especially when talking about which cousin and how many times removed. Below is a table showing the relationship of various cousins. | ||

− | + | An example of the use of this table would be to find myself ("self"), go diagonally up to my great-great-grandparents, and straight down to their child, grandchild, & then great-grandchild. This person is my 2nd cousin, once removed. | |

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− | To figure out the relationship of a cousin without the table, you need to count the number of generations to the common ancestor for both yourself and the individual in question. | + | To figure out the relationship of a cousin without the table, you need to count the number of generations to the common ancestor for both yourself and the individual in question. |

− | Looking at the two numbers: | + | Looking at the two numbers: |

− | *If one of the numbers is zero, then the relationship is one of a direct line relative. | + | |

− | *If one of the numbers is one, then the relationship is one of a sibling or niece/nephew (or aunt/uncle depending which way you are looking at it), etc. | + | *If one of the numbers is zero, then the relationship is one of a direct line relative. |

+ | *If one of the numbers is one, then the relationship is one of a sibling or niece/nephew (or aunt/uncle depending which way you are looking at it), etc. | ||

*Otherwise, the smaller of the two numbers will give you the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. cousin after subtracting one. | *Otherwise, the smaller of the two numbers will give you the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. cousin after subtracting one. | ||

− | For example, if I count four generations between myself and the common ancestor AND three generations between the other relative and the same common ancestor, I take the smaller of the two numbers and subtract one giving two, so they are a second cousin with some number removed. | + | For example, if I count four generations between myself and the common ancestor AND three generations between the other relative and the same common ancestor, I take the smaller of the two numbers and subtract one giving two, so they are a second cousin with some number removed. |

To figure how much removed, I take the larger of the two numbers (3) and subtract the smaller of the two numbers (2) giving 1, so they are once removed. | To figure how much removed, I take the larger of the two numbers (3) and subtract the smaller of the two numbers (2) giving 1, so they are once removed. |

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A "cousin" has to be one of the most misunderstood or confusing terms especially when talking about which cousin and how many times removed. Below is a table showing the relationship of various cousins.

An example of the use of this table would be to find myself ("self"), go diagonally up to my great-great-grandparents, and straight down to their child, grandchild, & then great-grandchild. This person is my 2nd cousin, once removed.

Great-Great-Grandparents | ||||

Great Grandparents | Great-Grand Uncles/Aunts | |||

Grandparents | Grand Uncles/Aunts | 1st Cousin Twice Removed | ||

Parents | Aunts/Uncles | 1st Cousins Once Removed | 2nd Cousins Once Removed | |

Self | Brothers/Sisters | 1st Cousins | 2nd Cousins | 3rd Cousins |

Children | Nephews/Nieces | 1st Cousins Once Removed | 2nd Cousins Once Removed | 3rd Cousins Once Removed |

Grand Children | Grand Nephews/Nieces | 1st Cousins Twice Removed | 2nd Cousins Twice Removed | 3rd Cousins Twice Removed |

Great-Grand Children | Great-Grand Nephews/Nieces | 1st Cousins Thrice Removed | 2nd Cousins Thrice Removed | 3rd Cousins Thrice Removed |

2nd Great-Grand Children | 2nd Great-Grand Nephews/Nieces | 1st Cousins 4x Removed | 2nd Cousins 4x Removed | 3rd Cousins 4x Removed |

To figure out the relationship of a cousin without the table, you need to count the number of generations to the common ancestor for both yourself and the individual in question.

Looking at the two numbers:

- If one of the numbers is zero, then the relationship is one of a direct line relative.
- If one of the numbers is one, then the relationship is one of a sibling or niece/nephew (or aunt/uncle depending which way you are looking at it), etc.
- Otherwise, the smaller of the two numbers will give you the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. cousin after subtracting one.

For example, if I count four generations between myself and the common ancestor AND three generations between the other relative and the same common ancestor, I take the smaller of the two numbers and subtract one giving two, so they are a second cousin with some number removed.

To figure how much removed, I take the larger of the two numbers (3) and subtract the smaller of the two numbers (2) giving 1, so they are once removed.