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What are grand and great aunts and uncles?

Question by Scott_J

How do you determine these ancestor names?

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on 2016-02-21 11:24:39

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by oldgeezer78 on 2016-02-21 11:50:58

A Great Aunt or Uncle would be the parent of an Aunt or Uncle in your line.

by hrthompson on 2016-02-21 12:08:47

Not true, oldgeezer78. The parent of your aunt or uncle is your own grandparent. A great-aunt or great-uncle is the SIBLING of your grandparent. Their children are cousins of your parent (i.e., your first cousin, once removed), and the grandchildren of your great-aunt or great-uncle are your second cousins.

by rallyreg on 2016-02-21 12:39:05

It's like hrthompson said:
Grandparents children are Aunts & Uncles to you or Nephew & Niece to your Parents
Gt. Grandparents children are Grand Aunts & Uncles to you or Cousins to your Parents
2xGt. Grandparents children are Gt.Grand Aunts & Uncles to you or 1st Cousins x 1 removed to your Parents
and so on

by katyd on 2016-02-21 13:29:03

Great aunts and uncles are you grand parents brothers and sisters. They would be your parents aunts and uncles.

by katyd on 2016-02-21 13:36:58

As to finding the names of great aunts and uncles, try to find your great grand parents on a census that gives the names of their children. Another method is obituaries which sometimes list the names of brothers and sisters of the deceased.

by tonkin on 2016-02-21 13:45:37

Brother of my father or mother.

Brother of my grandfather or grandmother.

Brother of my Great-grandfather or Great-grandmother.

And so it continues ...

by ngairedith on 2016-02-21 15:34:59

I became a grand aunt yesterday because my sister's daughter (my niece) had a son. They refer to me as great aunt. This is a very common naming error and is of no consequence within the family. When recording genealogy lines it is necessary to write it correctly

by Gepeto on 2016-02-21 20:16:29

According to the Family Tree Programs I've had there is NO difference.
You can please yourself whether you tag them as your great uncle/aunt or your grand uncle/aunt.
In their settings you were to pick which one you wanted Great or Grand for the relatives in that range.

by tonkin on 2016-02-21 20:58:08

Hi Gepeto.

Your dad's father is your Grandfather
and your Grandfather's father is your Great-grandfather.
There is a big difference between 'Grand' and 'Great'
and the same thing applies with uncles and aunts.

by Gepeto on 2016-02-21 22:11:41

Hi Tonkin,

I know all that, this is about your grandfather's brother or sister.
The settings I was talking about were for these family members and it stated you could use either Great Uncle /Aunt OR Grand Uncle/Aunt to title them.
Some programs just use Great for all instances.
In fact the one I use now only uses the Great, I have not seen the Grand anywhere.

by tonkin on 2016-02-22 00:05:45

Sorry Gepeto.

Your reply referred to the Family Tree Programs you have used and was a misreading on my part. I have no idea what program you use or how it works. With a good program you should not have to include your relationship to another person because the program does this for you, including your relationship to every person you have recorded on your Family Tree.

Would be interesting to know what programs members use to record their family history?

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