Cousin Chart - How to Calculate Family Relationships
Have you ever used a cousin chart when trying to figure out what to call your distant cousins? Even if you know what it means to be a second, third, or fourth cousin, it can sometimes be hard to visualize these relationships in real life.
USE THE COUSIN CHART
The cousin chart helps you calculate and figure out what to call your more distant cousins through a visual guide. Follow the steps below to use the chart.
Note: These cousin naming-conventions are primarily used in English-speaking societies and may be different in other languages and cultures.
Identify the grandparents you and your cousin share.
Your 5th great-grandparent is your cousin’s 7th great-grandparent.
2. On the horizontal line, find your shared grandparent. Your 5th great-grandparent.
3. On the vertical line, find your cousin’s shared grandparent. Your cousin’s 7th great-grandparent.
4. See where the lines intersect. You connect the lines and see that you are 6th cousins, 2x removed.
Cousin Chart—How to Calculate Family Relationships (familysearch.org)