Degrees of connection question

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I'm just learing how to determine relatonships using the FIND THE CONNECTION feature.  The short link between Thomas Edison and my grandfather is 12 degrees. When I use the common ancestor feature it says they share a common ancestor and it's 33 degrees. What's do the differences between the degree numbers mean?
in Genealogy Help by Beverly Levi G2G3 (3.1k points)

1 Answer

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Connections can be via spouse and in-laws.

Common ancestor would be your family line.
by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
I understand that. Just wondering why  my grandfater is 12 degrees from Edison in the short example, and 33 degrees in the (larger) common ancestor exmple. By which degree is he from Edison? 12 or 33?  Just trying to learn.
There are different paths to connect to someone.  On the Relationship Finder page, there is an 'Explore More' box below the connections shown.  Using the drop down in that box, you will see all the different paths that can be used.  You can select a different person and see a different path of connections.
Thanks. I think I'm beginning to understand. :-)

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