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The common ancestor you share with a cousin can reveal your relationship: if it's your great-grandparent, you are second cousins; if it's your great-great-grandparent, you are third cousins, and so on.

The term "great" in genealogical terms denotes each generation before your grandparents, starting from your great-grandparents.

For example, if you are counting generations between you and your great-great-grandparent, it equals four generations.

When determining the relationship between you and a cousin, a cousin chart helps.

Find the common ancestor's position on the top row, followed by the cousin's relationship to the common ancestor on the far-left column.

"Once removed" defines the difference in generations between two relatives: if you are separated from a cousin by one generation, you're cousins "once removed."

In kinship terms, a grandaunt (grandmother's sister) is not the same as a nephew (sibling's child) or an aunt (sister or brother's sister).

Calculating family relationships relies on determining the common ancestor, cousins' relationships to the common ancestor, and using a cousin chart to establish the relationship.

A generation typically spans around 25-30 years, providing a rough estimate of a person's birth year or age based on their position in the family tree.

Half-siblings share one biological parent, while having different fathers or mothers.

In the past, people often married within their community or social class, leading to complex intermarriages and large shared family trees.

With DNA testing advancements, it is now possible to identify relatives with whom one shares large segments of DNA: these are usually closer relatives.

Adoption, remarriage, and non-paternity events can complicate genealogical research and require additional steps to establish relationships.

Legal and social conventions have evolved over time, impacting the naming and documentation of relationships, making historical research challenging.

Genetic genealogy combines genealogical and genetic data, enabling the creation of family trees based on DNA information and traditional research.

Y-DNA testing follows the direct paternal line for males, while mitochondrial DNA follows the direct maternal line, enabling more focused research on these lines.

Endogamy, the practice of marrying only within a specific community, can impact genetic diversity and make relationship calculations more challenging.

Triangulation, the process of analyzing the overlapping DNA segments of multiple relatives, can confirm relationships and reveal shared ancestry.

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