When you are drawing up your family tree it is vital that you place individuals of the same generation on the same line and this, as well as being the correct convention for laying out a pedigree, will help you visualise the relationships more easily. You and your siblings form one generation, your parents and their siblings (your aunts and uncles) are on another, your grandparents and their siblings (who are your great-aunts and great-uncles) have another. The same technique should be used
CERTIFICATES: Parents are usually named, but look out for other relatives who act as marriage witnesses
Knowing your place in your family tree is helpful when you find someone referred to as a '4th cousin twice removed' in your research. Follow the links to determine their exact relationship between two people
Was this article helpful?