# Re: Relationship Calculator

In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
barry <barry.taylor@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

"Renia" <renia@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
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Hedley Hunnisett wrote:
In article <6mqVm.60366\$Ub.27571@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> "barry" wrote:

the question I am asking - is there a Program that out there
that will work out a more definate answer than FTW does.
Why not work it out yourself? As I was taught, to get the
relationship between two living people, count back the number of
generations on each side to the nearest common ancestor. If the
numbers are different, the two people are of different generations.
That difference is the 'removed' number. Subtract one from the
smaller number of generations to get the 'n th' cousin.
Think about it. One generation back is your parents, and the two
people would be siblings. Two generations gives first cousin, three
generations, second cousin, and so on.
However, I can't imagine two living people could ever be 15 times
removed!

I communicated with someone who was my first cousin 16 times removed!

I posed my Origianl Question as someone was asking how we were
related and how he had ended up in my tree.

Basically a very, very distant cousin had passed me her tree in
gedcom form which linked into approx 6 people all ready in my tree,
so it was not a one off link. He was thus a very Distant relative of
hers.
I try as far as possible to check via census records etc to ensure
that If I do do a merge of some one elses tree (which I rarely do now
- I now do it long hand as FTW 16 (2006) Version duplicated reference
No's for People and if you do any report (Custom one) it gives a
false Picture of the number of people in your tree)

Actually the Program I was referred to has thus Shown the person
asking me how we are connected is actually - as it puts it

He is 24 Steps Removed from me. We are both alive and kicking

Barry

Yes, but is he your 24th cousin, or your first cousin 24 times removed -
because the two are very different!

In the first case, you would both be of the same generation but you would
have to go back 24 (or is it 25?) generations to find a common ancestor.

In the second case, you would be the first cousin of someone who was the
other person's ancestor - 24 generations back (or vice versa). It's very
unlikely that two currently living people could that many generations apart.
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Cheers,
Roger
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• Re: Relationship Calculator
... work out a more definate answer than FTW does. ... number of generations to get the 'n th' cousin. ... I can't imagine two living people could ever be 15 times ... very distant cousin had passed me her tree in gedcom form ...
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• Re: Relationship Calculator
... work out a more definate answer than FTW does. ... I can't imagine two living people could ever be 15 times removed! ... I communicated with someone who was my first cousin 16 times removed! ... has children later in life than one with children early in life it is ...
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• How to deal with gaps in ones tree
... tree, but I don't as yet know how many degrees of separation there are ... either a brother or a first cousin of my maternal grandfather, ... Start by using the "Ancestry Search Box" ... Jewishgen receiving a commission. ...
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• Re: Great second cousin?
... twice on the tree if it's drawn that far. ... I have kids. ... first cousin, they are my first cousin once removed. ...
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