Alice J. Ramsey created a detailed diagram in 1987, showcasing the detailed relationship differences between cousins, we found the graph extremely helpful and thought you might enjoy it too.


Humans have a deeply curious nature, there is constant exploration, investigation, observation and learning in every aspect of every human life on the planet. We rely on these skills to grow our knowledge and they form the basis of our continued plight for survival. While many focus on innovation and progress through time, others also enjoy looking back at where we came from.

History is incredibly fascinating and considered a brilliant tool to be used to avoid repeating past mistakes. There are aspects of history in every part of life; science, politics, evolution, the natural world and so much more. We have been particularly taken up with personal history of late. Mainly, where we came from, which was spurred on by a diagram we saw popping up on social media.

We have been curious about our family tree lately and decided to do some research on making one. The benefit of having a family tree isn’t only great for future generations to look back on but also to store important medical history for any future reference.

The idea of a family tree seems like hard work when doing it alone but by teaming up with family, it becomes easier. It also helps to tap into resources available on the internet.

Did you know the longest family tree in the world is of Chinese philosopher and educator Confucius (551–479 BC). According to Wikipedia, the tree spans more than 80 generations from him and includes more than 2 million members.

The chart below has been shared thousands of times on various platforms and has been the centre of many stories about genealogy. We found it fascinating because it explains the confusing concept of cousins so much better than we have ever seen it before.

We always understood what first and second cousins were but then people started talking about once or twice removed and things got confusing.

Have you ever worked on a family tree or wondered about the intricacies of family dynamics? Has this chart taught you anything new? Let us know in the comment section.

To enlarge the image you can just click on it and the zoom in as required.

Sources: Alice J. Ramsay 
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