Relationship Charts Simplify Everything
Now that you have an idea of what these different words mean, take a look at the chart below. It’s called a relationship chart, and it can help you figure out how different people in your family are related. It’s much simpler than it looks, just follow the instructions.
Instructions for Using a Relationship Chart
- Pick two people in your family and figure out which ancestor they have in common. For example, if you chose yourself and a cousin, you would have a grandparent in common.
- Look at the top row of the chart and find the first person’s relationship to the common ancestor.
- Look at the far left column of the chart and find the second person’s relationship to the common ancestor.
- Determine where the row and column containing those two relationships meet.
|Child||Sister or Brother||Nephew or Niece||Grand-nephew or niece||G-grand-nephew or niece|
|Grandchild||Nephew or Niece||First cousin||First cousin, once removed||First cousin, twice removed|
|G-grandchild||Grand-nephew or niece||First cousin, once removed||Second cousin||Second cousin, once removed|
|G-g-grandchild||G-grand-nephew or niece||First cousin, twice removed||Second cousin, once removed||Third cousin|