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How do families get sorted inside kinship books?

First the family of the starting individual is listed. Then the more closely-related families follow. That means that depending on the degree of kinship related families to the starting individual are placed into chapters based on their calculated degree of kinship. Families of closer relatives are listed before not so close related families.

Family Book Creator allows you to choose between two different methods for calculating the degree of kindship between relatives:

  • Civil law
    In civil law the total number of steps through the blood line that separate two individuals is counted. According to the rules of civil law, each step counts as one degree. In the case of your sibling, it's one step from you to your mother and one more from your mother to your sibling. That makes the civil relationship degree of two.
  • Canon law
    Canon law counts the number of steps (or generations) back to two relatives' common ancestor. In case the number of steps from the starting individual to the common ancestor is different to the number of steps from the relative to the common ancestor always the higher number of steps is used. In the case of your sibling, it's just one step from your sibling to your mother. Also it is just one step from you to your mother. That makes the canon relationship degree of one.

Please note that families inside the same level of kinship degree are sorted by generation level. Also note that you get a larger amount of individuals included in case of canon law if the number of degrees included in your book is limited.

Please have a look at the following example structure where the number of degrees has been limited to three and only different methods for calculating kinship degrees are used.

Example: Civil law, up to 3 degrees

  • Family of the Starting Person
  • Related 1 Step Removed
    • Parents
    • Children
  • Related 2 Steps Removed
    • Grandparents
    • Siblings
    • Grandchildren
  • Related 3 Steps Removed
    • Great-grandparents
    • Uncles/aunts
    • Nephews/nieces
    • Great-grandchildren

Example: Canon law, up to 3 degrees

  • Family of the Starting Person
  • Related 1 Step Removed
    • Parents
    • Siblings
    • Children
  • Related 2 Steps Removed
    • Grandparents
    • Uncles/aunts
    • 1st Cousins
    • Nephews/nieces
    • Grandchildren
  • Related 3 Steps Removed
    • Great-grandparents
    • Granduncles/aunts
    • First Cousins 1 Time Removed
    • Second Cousins
    • First Cousins 1 Time Removed
    • Grandnephews/nieces
    • Great-grandchildren