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How to determine how close that distant cousin is actually related to you.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I am confused what level of relationship a 3rd great-grandson and (myself) a great-grandson of a common ancestor is related.  Can you explain this relationship?


Ancestor:  You would be Second Cousins twice removed with this relative.  I have seen many versions of the a Relationship Chart online, a simpe image search on will produce some examples to print off. One example I have bookmarked is  If you have any other questions please let me know at any time.

Posted by David Lambert at 10/24/2011 11:55:11 PM | 

The posted URL does not seem to work.
Posted by: ( Email ) at 10/25/2011 10:10 AM

I have corrected the link to the Relationship Chart example.
Posted by: ( Email | Visit ) at 10/25/2011 12:49 PM

The simplest method is to count the Gs (grandparents, great grandparents, etc) for each individual. The one with the fewest number of Gs indicates if you are a first, second etc. cousin and the difference between the two tells you how many times removed.
Posted by: ( Email ) at 10/25/2011 3:30 PM

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