Saturday, November 2, 2013

Figuring out Kinship


Hector, New York
 
 
 
Genealogy tip for today: Relationship Chart

When my mom was a girl, she and her brothers had a cousin named Glen. Their mothers were sisters and were very close, thus so were the cousins. Time moved on, the kids grew up and married. Their children came on the scene. 

Glen was an only child, and I knew he was Mom’s cousin, but being so much like a brother to Mom, I used to call him Uncle Glen. He didn’t mind either as he was an only child and had no one else to call him Uncle. But because I called him uncle and he was not, yet he was mom’s cousin, it got a bit confusing. Was he my second cousin, or was his kids my second cousins? He was Mom’s cousin (I rationalized), and I’m second in line, that should make him second cousin. But his kids and he couldn’t both be second cousins.

For years I insisted that he must be a second cousin, and his kids, therefore must be third cousins. Then I started into genealogy and discovered this “remove” thing. It didn’t make sense to me as a kid, but grown I finally got a handle on it. Glen was my first cousin, but once removed, i.e. one generation removed from my mother. His kids really were my second cousins. (Aaaaahhhh! That was great, ‘cause I had a crush on Glen, Jr. and second cousins could marry, right? Well that never happened. But he did marry someone that had the same first name!)

I found this chart that I thought I would include here. If you have trouble figuring out how one person is related to another, this chart will help you.
 
 



Genealogy Relationship Chart
http://z.about.com/


 

 
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
1
Common Ancestor
Son or Daughter
Grandson or Daughter
Great Grandson or Daughter
2nd Great Grandson or Daughter
3rd Great Grandson or Daughter
4th Great Grandson or Daughter
5th Great Grandson or Daughter
6th Great Grandson or Daughter
7th Great Grandson or Daughter
2
Son or Daughter
Brother or Sister
Niece or
Nephew
Grand Niece
or Nephew  
Great Grand  Niece or Nephew
2nd Great Grand Niece or Nephew
3rd Great Grand Niece or Nephew
4th Great Grand Niece or Nephew
5th Great Grand Niece or Nephew
6th Great Grand Niece or Nephew
3
Grandson or Daughter
Niece or Nephew
First Cousin
First Cousin Once Removed
First Cousin Twice Removed
First Cousin Three Times Removed
First Cousin Four Times Removed
First Cousin Five Times Removed
First Cousin Six Times Removed
First Cousin Seven Times Removed
4
Great Grandson or Daughter
Grand Niece or Nephew
First Cousin Once Removed
Second Cousin
Second Cousin Once Removed
Second Cousin Twice Removed
Second Cousin Three Times Removed
Second Cousin Four Times Removed
Second Cousin Five Times Removed
Second Cousin Six Times Removed
5
2nd Great Grandson or Daughter
Great Grand Niece or Nephew
First Cousin Twice Removed
Second Cousin Once Removed
Third Cousin
Third Cousin Once Removed
Third Cousin Twice Removed
Third Cousin Three Times Removed
Third Cousin Four Times Removed
Second Cousin Five Times Removed
6
3rd Great Grandson or Daughter
2nd Great Grand Niece or Nephew
First Cousin Three Times Removed
Second Cousin Twice Removed
Third Cousin Once Removed
Fourth Cousin
Fourth Cousin Once Removed
Fourth Cousin Twice Removed
Fourth Cousin Three Times Removed
Fourth Cousin Four Times Removed
7
4th Great Grandson or Daughter
3rd Great Grand Niece or Nephew
First Cousin Four Times Removed
Second Cousin Three Times Removed
Third Cousin Twice Removed
Fourth Cousin Once Removed
Fifth Cousin
Fifth Cousin Once Removed
Fifth Cousin Twice Removed
Fifth Cousin Three Times Removed
8
5th Great Grandson or Daughter
4th Great Grand Niece or Nephew
First Cousin Five Times Removed
Second Cousin Four Times Removed
Third Cousin Three Times Removed
Fourth Cousin Twice Removed
Fifth Cousin Once Removed
Sixth Cousin
Sixth Cousin Once Removed
Sixth Cousin Twice Removed
9
6th Great Grandson or Daughter
5th Great Grand Niece or Nephew
First Cousin Six Times Removed
Second Cousin Five Times Removed
Third Cousin Four Times Removed
Fourth Cousin Three Times Removed
Fifth Cousin Twice Removed
Sixth Cousin Once Removed
Seventh Cousin
Seventh Cousin Once Removed
10
7th Great Grandson or Daughter
6th Great Grand Niece or Nephew
First Cousin Seven Times Removed
Second Cousin Six Times Removed
Third Cousin Five Times Removed
Fourth Cousin Four Times Removed
Fifth Cousin Three Times Removed
Sixth Cousin Twice Removed
Seventh Cousin Once Removed
Eighth Cousin
Instructions:
1. Select two people in your family and figure out which ancestor they have in common. For example, if you chose yourself and a first cousin, you would have a grandparent in common.


2. Look at the top row of the chart (in blue) and find the first person's relationship to the common ancestor.

3. Look at the far left column of the chart (in blue) and find the second person's relationship to the common ancestor.

4. Move across the columns and down the rows to determine where the row and column containing these two relationships (from #2 & #3) meet. This box is the relationship between the two individuals.



 
(Mom's aunt and uncle and Glen lived in Hector, NY.  For lack of a picture for this article, the above panorama of Hector, NY was included at the top. Hector was a neat little hamlet, tucked away in the finger lakes region of upstate New York.)


 
 
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