A "Cousin Chart" Per Family Search

+5 votes

Do you struggle with if a person/relative might be considered a 2nd or 3rd cousin, or a cousin x2 removed like me? Family Search has a "Cousin Chart" posted on the home page this month.  Maybe it could explain this better.  Also, if it looks wrong or "off" in anyway, please comment.


Per FS Snippet:  

  • First cousins share a grandparent (2 generations)
  • Second cousins share a great-grandparent (3 generations)
  • Third cousins share a great-great-grandparent (4 generations)
  • Fourth cousins share a 3rd-great grandparent (5 generations)

Quick Tip: Count how many “greats” are in your common ancestor’s title and add 1 to find out what number cousin your relative is. Note that grandparents have no “greats” in their titles, so cousins who share grandparents are first cousins because 0 + 1 = 1. However, keep in mind that this trick only works if you are both the same number of generations removed from the common ancestor.

WikiTree profile: Steve Archuleta
in Genealogy Help by Steve Archuleta G2G6 (6.6k points)

Someone posted this on G2G some while ago (and I have since shared it as well) http://www.hallsted.com/cousin-table.html

I like it because it is printable and there is space to fill in your own set of names. (I now have at least a dozen of these pages printed off and filled in so I can check at a glance what relationship it is to the person with whom I am communicating.  ( think I need a dozen more for newly discovered relationships as well!))

Great idea! I think I will do that too.  I'm sort of embarrassed that I didn't notice/know this was posted before... but oh well maybe people like me that missed it before will notice it this time.

3 Answers

+3 votes
Thanks for sharing!
by Azure Robinson G2G6 Pilot (213k points)
+2 votes
I love it! There are similar charts for DNA matches, but this is nice and simple.
by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz G2G6 Pilot (543k points)
+2 votes
Thanks for the refresher Steve...... As WikiTreers,  our friends and families expect us to remember this!
by Peggy McReynolds G2G6 Pilot (444k points)

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