I often see that my family members may be a certain number of degrees from a well-known person, yet I don't understand how it all works. It seems complicated. Any way to understand what it all means? Thanks.
Among the steps/degrees that the Connection Finder considers are spouses.
Therefore, the number of degrees is not a genealogical cousin calculator. The Connection Finder will work for any two people on WikiTree, but it will only find the connection if they're within 10 degrees of each other. example: me> 1 - my spouse> 2 - his sister> 3 - her mother-in-law would make me 3 degrees from her mother-in-law even though we are not ancestors.
To search for common ancestors between two or more people and name their relationship, see WikiTree's Relationship Finder.