Keeping track of family relationships can be complicated and hard to figure out how one person is related to another, especially when you come upon second, third, or fourth cousins. It really becomes confusing when you begin to "remove" those cousins. Below is a chart I have found very helpful, and hope you will also. For those seasoned genealogists it's a piece of cake, but if you are just learning the ropes as I am, then this chart will definitely come in handy.
* The box marked CA on the chart in the upper left-hand corner is the Common Ancestor of two people.
CA= Common Ancestor
GGC= Great Grandchild
GN= Grand Niece/Nephew
GGN= Great Grand Niece/Nephew
#C = Cousin relationship, e.,g.,1C= First Cousin, etc.
#R = # of times removed, e.,g., 4R= 4 times removed, etc.
And that's all there is to it, once you understand how it works it becomes easy to figure out. If you would like to download this chart it is available at the State Library of North Carolina.
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