Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Cousin Relationships

Are you confused by the term "removed" in cousin relationships? Have you wondered how to determine who is your second cousin once-removed or first cousin three-times removed?

The word "Cousin" is usually good enough when we are meeting someone casually, but genealogists like to know precise relationships.

When the word "removed" is used to describe a relationship, it indicates that the two people are from different generations. You are in the same generation if you have an equal amount of generations from the common ancestor, whether grandparent, great-grandparent or even further back.

"First cousins once removed" describes two individuals with one cousin's grandparents as the common ancestor but who themselves are one generation different from each other.

Generation when defining a cousin relationship has nothing to do with age. You can be 50 years difference in age, yet still be in the same generation as cousins.


Try the Cousin Relation Calculator.

Play with the cousin calculator, display a relationship chart, and read the relationship definitions.

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