After endless genealogical research and tons of paperwork, you are
finally ready to sit down and complete your own family tree. But how to
assign each relatives relationship with you? Surely, not everyone of
them can count as that general entity "cousins." That's why you
conducted the research in the first place, isn't it? To avoid
generalizing, know exactly the nature of your relationship to your
other relatives. Setting the relationships in your own family tree in
order is easy with a few simple tips.
First, separate your relatives by generations. A generation is defined
as a stage of descent. For example, you and your cousins make up one
generation. Likewise, your parents plus their cousins make up another.
Separating your data by generations will make it easier to track how
many generations you have managed to traced. The generations will also
determine how extensive your personal family tree will be. Label each
generation starting from the earliest. If you managed to trace your
parents' grandparents and they are the oldest in your book, label them
as the first....