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What is a 3rd Cousin Twice Removed?

Relatives have a common ancestor. To determine the correct term for your relationship, you must know your relationship with the common ancestor and your relatives relationship with the common ancestor. Using either of the tables below, you can determine the correct term.

                   

3 times Great Grandparents

                   
                                             
               

Great Great Grandparents

  3 times Great Uncle Aunt                
                                             
            Great Grandparents   Twice Great Uncle Aunt   1st cousin 3 times removed            
                                             
        Grand Parents   Great Uncle Aunt   1st cousin twice removed   2nd cousin twice removed        
                                             
    Mother Father   Aunt Uncle   1st cousin once removed   2nd cousin once removed   3rd cousin once removed    
                                             
You Me   Brother Sister   1st cousin   2nd cousin   3rd cousin   4th cousin
                                             
    Son Daughter   Niece Nephew   1st cousin once removed   2nd cousin once removed   3rd cousin once removed    
                                             
        Grand child   Grand Niece Nephew   1st cousin twice removed   2nd cousin twice removed        
                                             
            Great Grandchild   Great Grand Niece Nephew   1st cousin 3 times removed            
                                             
                Great Great Grandchild   Great Great Grand Niece Nephew                
                                             
                    3 times Great Grandchild                    

 

  Relationship Terms for Relatives
Your relative's relationship to the common Ancestor Your relationship to the common Ancestor
 Child  Grandchild Great grandchild 2nd Great grandchild 3rd Great grandchild
 Child  Sibling  niece/nephew Grand niece/nephew Great Grand niece/nephew 2nd Great Grand niece/nephew
Grandchild niece/nephew 1st Cousins 1st cousins once removed 1st cousins twice removed 1st cousins 3 times removed
Great grandchild Grand niece/nephew 1st cousins once removed 2nd Cousins 2nd cousins 1 time removed 2nd cousins twice removed
2nd Great grandchild Great Grand niece/nephew 1st cousins twice removed 2nd cousins 1 time removed 3rd Cousins 3rd cousins once removed
3rd Great grandchild 2nd Great Grand niece/nephew 1st cousins 3 times removed 2nd cousins twice removed 3rd cousins once removed 4th Cousins
4th Great grandchild 3nd Great Grand niece/nephew 1st cousins 4 times removed 2nd cousins 3 times removed 3rd cousins twice removed 4th Cousins once removed

Relatives with common parents are siblings. Those with common grandparents are 1st cousins. Those with common great grandparents are 2nd cousins. Those with common 2nd great grandparents are 3rd cousins. Etc.

Removed

The term removed is to indicated that the relatives are in different generations. You and all of your first cousins are of the same generation. Your first cousin's children are in a different generation so they are first cousins once removed. Your first cousin's grandchildren are first cousins twice removed.

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