The number determining collateral degree is calculated as the
lesser of the number of links that either Ego or Alter can
trace back to his/her most recent common ancestor. |
In this case,
The following diagram diplays the standard pattern of collateral degree calculation
|Collateral Degree Numbering|
How to count cousins
Collateral degree calculation is inherent in the English differentiation of cousin types, i.e. first cousins are all of the second collateral degree, second cousins of the third degree, ... nth cousin of the (n+1)th degree. Degrees of removal (once removed, twice removed, etc.) refer to generation differences. Thus a first cousin of Ego's father's generation would be Ego's first cousin once removed.