Degree of kinship

The degree of kinship (or relationship) is determined by the number of generations between 2 persons related by blood. Each generation represents one degree.

Example of degrees of kinship:

  • parent to child is the first degree of kinship;
  • grand-child to grand-parent or brother to sister have a second degree of kinship;
  • a nephew or niece to their uncle or aunt have a third degree of kinship.
  • first cousins have a fourth degree of kinship.
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