Cousin Math

How do you figure out what relation you are to another family member?  Count how many generations it takes to get from you to the first ancestor you are both descended from.

Then count how many steps it takes to come back down to your cousin.

Call the smaller number ( c. ) Subtract the smaller number from the larger and call the difference r, for how many times removed you are.  Your are ( c-1) cousins, r times removed.

Eg: If your great, great, great, great, grand parent is the great grandparent of your cousin, then you are 6 steps away from that common ancestor and your cousin is 3( c ) steps away, so you are (3-1) = 2nd cousins, 6-3=3 times removed.

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