Monday, May 05, 2014

Free Relationship Charts - Canon or Common Law & More.

I recently attended a family reunion on my husbands side and I loved it because of the stories that were told of his great, grandfather; Roscoe Titensor. After one of the stories, a woman sitting next to me said, "but how are we all related?" I was feeling confident about my family relationship knowledge and noticed that she was probably the same age as my husband, so I asked her "is Roscoe Titensor your great grandfather?" She said "Yes he is!" I then told her that my husband and her are 2nd cousins and our children are 3rd cousins, and her children and my husband are 3rd cousins once removed. She was completely astonished that I knew this, so I told her with a smile; "I like genealogy."

I realized at that point that there are probably a lot of people who didn't understand family relationships in their genealogy. So I wanted to put together a tutorial to help YOU understand your family relationships using these Relationship Charts.

Here's one of the most traditional charts out there: The Canon or Common Law Relationship Chart:

Click here to Download or print this Canon or Common Law Relationship Chart.

Here is another, more simple relationship chart created by Teach Me Genealogy. We recommend using both of these relationship charts in your genealogy to figure out your relationship between relatives.
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Click here to Download or print this simple Relationship Chart.

Keep learning about your family relations and keep connecting the dots! -Sarah :)


  1. Wow, thank you so much for these charts! This is exactly what I was looking for. I came in contact with a distant living cousin, and because of these forms I was able to confirm that we are 3rd cousins. Thank you so much for all you are doing to help people like me with my genealogy :)

    1. Thanks Lizzy! I am so happy you are putting them to great use. Keep it up and keep me posted on your progress.
      -Sarah :)

  2. Great charts! Thank you.

  3. They are every good. Right now me and a bunch of people with the last name Tummon are trying to find out how we are related. So this should help. Thanks. Kimberly

  4. its really impressive I think that your chart is correct but not fully. because we have many relationship in the other site which is out of family. do you have that chart.

  5. So if my 4th great grandfather had plura wives, would his descendant 4th great granddaughter of the other wife be my 4th half cousin? If we were from the same wife we would be 4th cousins.