The Cousin Finder

If you are trying to figure out for yourself, I recommend a chart that I found on I used my connection with my cousin Bernie to show how it works:

  1. Identify your common ancestor (Joannes Kwiatkowski).
  2. Identify the level that direct ancestor is on in relationship to yourself (my second great-grandfather).
  3. Identify the level that same ancestor is on in relationship to your cousin (Bernie’s great-grandfather).
  4. Follow both relationships across and downward until they converge (second cousin once removed).

Using the Cousin Chart

Here’s the complete cousin finder: Cousin Finder