Our family reunion a few weeks ago spurred a rich discussion of family lineage and history. Everyone sat around the tables wondering how in the world we were all related. Few were absolutely certain how. With a little wiki search, we figured it out. You can too!
When talking with your whatever-cousin, ask yourselves this simple question: “What grandparents do we share?” You then can figure it out fairly easily. Check out this chart adapted from wikipedia:
Here’s an example: My “cousin” Tina (neither of us knew how exactly we were related). My great grandparents Rudnick (pictured above to the far right) were also Tina’s great grandparents Rudnick. Follow the two “Great grandparent” headings on the chart. You’ll see: Tina and I are 2nd cousins.
Now, her children (Tori and Tyler, who were also at the reunion) are my 2nd cousins once removed, because my great grandparents are their great-great grandparents.
My children and Tina’s children (who had a ball together at the reunion) are 3rd cousins. They share great-great grandparents.
Ah, life at family reunions just got easier to understand. Share this post with your extended family and figure out your lineage!