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Confused by relationships? Aren't we all, but this little table might help. Once you have found a common ancestor for two individuals, count along the top row for the first persons relationship to the common ancestor and down the left column for the second persons relationship. Where the two intersect is your answer!

For example: if person 1 is a grandchild of the common ancestor, (column 2) and person 2 is a great grandchild (row 3), then you are first cousins once removed.

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
0 CA C GC GGC 2GGC 3GGC 4GGC 5GGC 6GGC
1 C S N GN GGN 2GGN 3GGN 4GGN 5GGN
2 GC N 1C 1C1R 1C2R 1C3R 1C4R 1C5R 1C6R
3 GGC GN 1C1R 2C 2C1R 2C2R 2C3R 2C4R 2C5R
4 2GGC GGN 1C2R 2C1R 3C 3C1R 3C2R 3C3R 3C4R
5 3GGC 2GGN 1C3R 2C2R 3C1R 4C 4C1R 4C2R 4C3R
6 4GGC 3GGN 1C4R 2C3R 3C2R 4C1R 5C 5C1R 5C2R
7 5GGC 4GGN 1C5R 2C4R 3C3R 4C2R 5C1R 6C 6C1R
8 6GGC 5GGN 1C6R 2C5R 3C4R 4C3R 5C2R 6C1R 7C

Key:

CA Common Ancestor
C Child
S Sibling
GC Grandchild
GGC Great Grandchild
N Niece / Nephew
GN Grand Niece / Nephew
GGN Great Grand Niece / Nephew
C Cousin - 1C = first cousin, 2C= first cousin etc
R Times Removed - 1R = once removed, 2R = twice removed etc
 
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