Third Cousin Once Removed? How do I know?

One of the first questions I get asked, when people find out of my interest in genealogy is “what about all that cousins first removed stuff’?

Sometimes that is not a simple answer. But for you readers, help is just a click away.

The internet has many charts that show family relationships. Below I have links to a few of my favorites.

To use a family relationship chart, you need to find a common ancestor between two people. The chart will give you directions to follow to find the relationship.

Here are a few notes of interest to help you along this, sometimes confusing, journey.

Third Cousin, Second Cousin, First Cousin Defined

First cousin is the child of my aunt and uncle or people in my family who have the same grandparents as me.

Second cousins have the same great grandparents as me, but not the same grandparents.

Third cousins have the same great great grandparents, etc…

And so on!

What Does Once Removed Mean?

It’s common to hear people say this phrase.  So what does “removed” mean?   This indicates the number of generations I am separated from another relative from a common ancestor.  A cousin once removed means a difference of one generation.

Check out these great family relationship charts!

Family Tree Relationship Chart

Cyndi’s List Kinships

It’s All Relative

Genealogy in Time Magazine