Here's how we figure our relationship to another person. See the explanation for this chart below.
CA S-D GS GGS 2GGS 3GGS 4GGS 5GGS 6GGS 7GGS 8GGS 9GGS S-D B-S N GN GGN 2GGN 3GGN 4GGN 5GGN 6GGN 7GGN 8GGN GS N 1C 1C1R 1C2R 1C3R 1C4R 1C5R 1C6R 1C7R 1C8R 1C9R GGS GN 1C1R 2C 2C1R 2C2R 2C3R 2C4R 2C5R 2C6R 2C7R 2C8R 2GGS GGN 1C2R 2C1R 3C 3C1R 3C2R 3C3R 3C4R 3C5R 3C6R 3C7R 3GGS 2GGN 1C3R 2C2R 3C1R 4C 4C1R 4C2R 4C3R 4C4R 4C5R 4C6R 4GGS 3GGN 1C4R 2C3R 3C2R 4C1R 5C 5C1R 5C2R 5C3R 5C4R 5C5R 5GGS 4GGN 1C5R 2C4R 3C3R 4C2R 5C1R 6C 6C1R 6C2R 6C3R 6C4R 6GGS 5GGN 1C6R 2C5R 3C4R 4C3R 5C2R 6C1R 7C 7C1R 7C2R 7C3R 7GGS 6GGN 1C7R 2C6R 3C5R 4C4R 5C3R 6C2R 7C1R 8C 8C1R 8C2R 8GGS 7GGN 1C8R 2C7R 3C6R 4C5R 5C4R 6C3R 7C2R 8C1R 9C 9C1R 9GGS 8GGN 1C9R 2C8R 3C7R 4C6R 5C5R 6C4R 7C3R 8C2R 9C1R 10C 10GGS 9GGN 1C10R 2C9R 3C8R 4C7R 5C6R 6C5R 7C4R 8C3R 9C2R 10C1CA: Common Ancestor
Let's say my g-g-g grandfather is also one of yours, i.e., a common ancestor.
If my g-g-g grandfather is your g-grandfather, I look on the left and go down to where it says 3GGS. That's my row.
Your column is GGS along the top.
Follow them until they meet, and you get 2C2R. You are my 2nd cousin twice removed!!
This chart can be easily expanded in both directions.
Many many years ago, when I was twenty three,
I got married to a widow who was pretty as could be.
This widow had a grown-up daughter who had hair of red,
My father fell in love with her, and soon the two were wed.
This made my dad my son-in-law and changed my very life,
my daughter was my mother, for she was my father's wife.
To complicate the matters worse, although it brought me joy,
I soon became the father of a bouncing baby boy.
My little baby then became a brother-in-law to dad,
And so became my uncle, though it made me very sad.
For if he was my uncle, then that also made him brother,
to the widow's grown-up daughter, who of course, was my step-mother.
Father's wife then had a son, who kept them on the run,
And he became my grandson, for he was my daughter's son.
My wife is now my mother's mother and it makes me blue,
Because, although she is my wife, she is my grandma too.
If my wife is my grandmother, then I am her grandchild,
And every time I think of it, it simply drives me wild.
For now I have become the strangest case you ever saw;
as the husband of my grandmother, I am my own grandpa!
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Created July 15, 1996
Updated December 11, 2008
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