Before we begin to understand kinship, we need to define some basis symbols that are used in constructing kinship diagrams, the fundamental tool for defining concepts and representing case studies.
||represents a female|
||represents a male|
|An equal sign||represents a marriage|
|A vertical line||represents descent or parentage|
|A horizontal line||represents a sibling bond.|
Relationships are traced through a central individual labelled EGO.
These various elements are joined to produce a kinship diagram as follows:
Can you identify all of Ego's relatives depicted above?