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Relationship Chart

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

  1. 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.
  2. Look at the top row of the chart and find the first person’s relationship to the common ancestor.
  3. Look at the far left column of the chart and find the second person’s relationship to the common ancestor.
  4. Determine where the row and column containing those two relationships meet.
Common
Ancestor
ChildGrandchildG-grandchildG-g-grandchild
ChildSister or BrotherNephew or NieceGrand-nephew or nieceG-grand-nephew or niece
GrandchildNephew or NieceFirst cousinFirst cousin, once removedFirst cousin, twice removed
G-grandchildGrand-nephew or nieceFirst cousin, once removedSecond cousinSecond cousin, once removed
G-g-grandchildG-grand-nephew or nieceFirst cousin, twice removedSecond cousin, once removedThird cousin

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