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Kinship Table

Kinship Table
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 2000 and Revised 6 May 2004

Have you been wondering how to figure out who is your 1st cousin, or 3rd cousin, or 2nd cousin twice removed? Here is a table we found which will solve your problems.

The table was drawn for use in the probate of estates, and uses the "Decendent" as the reference point, but it works just as well if you substitute yourself for the "decedent."

To use it, first find the ancestor that you and the other person have in common. Then count down the number of generations in that persons line to find your relationship. Here are 2 examples to help you:

    Example 1: If you share a great-grandparent and he is the 3rd generation down, he is your second cousin. If he is the 4th generation down, he is a 2nd cousin once removed.

    Example 2: If you share great-great-grandparent and he is the 5th generation down, he is third cousin once removed.

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