How do I interpret the possible relationships indicated on a DNA Match?

 

Analysis of the DNA that you share with a DNA Match indicates the following possible relationships: 2nd cousin twice removed, 4th cousin, 3rd cousin, 2nd cousin once removed, 3rd cousin once removed.

We have marked them on the diagram below for your convenience. It is possible to rule out some of these relationships using genealogical information such as year of birth or country of birth.

 

Starting with 3rd cousins and going further, users should take DNA Matches with a 'grain of salt' and look for additional pieces of information as an indication on whether a family connection exists (such as shared surnames or similar geographical locations between their family trees).