How many people in the family tree would it take for you to exist?

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Within five generations, 62 people would have been necessary for you to exist. Going back thousands of years, the amount of ancestors you have quickly reaches the millions.


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Key Facts In This Video

  1. For every "G" in a relative's title, there is one generation in between you and that person. 00:14

  2. Your first cousins and you connect at a grandparent, whereas second cousins share a great-grandparent. 01:49

  3. Here's what it means to be "once removed": 02:26