Second Cousins and Other Cousin Relationships (1)

What Kind of a Cousin Are They? How to Make Sense of These Boggling Relationships

Second cousin, or first cousin once removed? These relationships are confusing to almost everyone, but the answer is simpler than you think.


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Need to Know What a Suffix in a Name Means? Here’s the Key

Need to Know What a Suffix in a Name Means? Here’s the Key

10 Things Family Historians Find the Most Annoying

10 Things Family Historians Find the Most Annoying

Where to Search for Free Obituaries Online

Where to Search for Free Obituaries Online

50 Free Genealogy Sites to Search Today

50 Free Genealogy Sites to Search Today

How to Build a Family Tree and Find Your Ancestors in 5 Simple Steps

How to Build a Family Tree and Find Your Ancestors in 5 Simple Steps

How to Preserve Your Own Life Story, and Why You Should

How to Preserve Your Own Life Story, and Why You Should

The 10 Hard Truths Every Family Historian Must Learn

The 10 Hard Truths Every Family Historian Must Learn

What Does That Mean? 300+ Family History Abbreviations Explained

What Does That Mean? 300+ Family History Abbreviations Explained

New Quiz! Test Your Family History Knowledge

New Quiz! Test Your Family History Knowledge

This is the Fastest Way to Scan Your Old Photos, Period

This is the Fastest Way to Scan Your Old Photos, Period

8 Things an Expert Would Definitely Do to Your Family Tree

8 Things an Expert Would Definitely Do to Your Family Tree

Why You Need to Stop Adding Names to Your Family Tree

Why You Need to Stop Adding Names to Your Family Tree

Have Ancestry DNA Data? Use It On MyHeritage for Free

Have Ancestry DNA Data? Use It On MyHeritage for Free

Confused About Citing Sources in Your Family Tree? Let’s Make it Easy

Confused About Citing Sources in Your Family Tree? Let’s Make it Easy

Can Your Family Tree Pass the 5 Step “Proof” Test?

Can Your Family Tree Pass the 5 Step “Proof” Test?

African American Genealogy: A Guide to Finding Your Ancestors Online

African American Genealogy: A Guide to Finding Your Ancestors Online

How to Use Your Ancestor’s Birth Year to Find the Best U.S. Records

How to Use Your Ancestor’s Birth Year to Find the Best U.S. Records

How to Print Your Family Tree, and Why You Shouldn’t

How to Print Your Family Tree, and Why You Shouldn’t

Free Family Tree Lesson Plans for Kids and Teens

Free Family Tree Lesson Plans for Kids and Teens

6 Signs It’s Time to Get Help From a Professional Genealogist

6 Signs It’s Time to Get Help From a Professional Genealogist

100 Questions Every Family Historian Should Ask Their Relatives + a Free Printable List!

100 Questions Every Family Historian Should Ask Their Relatives + a Free Printable List!

You Can Start a Genealogy Club in Your Area: Here’s How

You Can Start a Genealogy Club in Your Area: Here’s How

The 10 Best (Mostly Free) Scottish Genealogy Sites for Finding Your Ancestors

The 10 Best (Mostly Free) Scottish Genealogy Sites for Finding Your Ancestors

4 Simple Steps to Help You Decipher Old Family Photos

4 Simple Steps to Help You Decipher Old Family Photos

5 Strategies for Locating Marriage Records and the Vital Details They Contain

5 Strategies for Locating Marriage Records and the Vital Details They Contain

Two People, Same Name: How to Avoid Mix-ups in Your Genealogy Research

Two People, Same Name: How to Avoid Mix-ups in Your Genealogy Research

2 of the Top 3 Paid Genealogy Sites Offer Millions of Records for Free

2 of the Top 3 Paid Genealogy Sites Offer Millions of Records for Free

The Simple Dos and Don’ts for Preserving Old Family Photos at Home

The Simple Dos and Don’ts for Preserving Old Family Photos at Home

These Two Simple Tricks Will Help You Figure Out Cousin Relationships Without a Chart

These Two Simple Tricks Will Help You Figure Out Cousin Relationships Without a Chart

10 Things You Should Know About Every Ancestor in Your Tree 

10 Things You Should Know About Every Ancestor in Your Tree 

What You Will and Will Not Learn by Taking a DNA Test for Ancestry

What You Will and Will Not Learn by Taking a DNA Test for Ancestry

Ancestry vs MyHeritage vs Findmypast: What’s the Difference and Which One is Best?

Ancestry vs MyHeritage vs Findmypast: What’s the Difference and Which One is Best?