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My great-great grandfather was married in Ballynascreen, or Ballinascreen, Dungiven, Draperstown, Derry.  On the marriage certificate recorded in the RC church at Ballynascreen was the following annotations, 3 43 FL AL consas.

Does anyone know what that means?  After each numerical/alpha annotation was a "degree sign".   

maureen cunningham

Monday 6th Feb 2023, 12:22AM

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  • It means they were cousins. The annotations explain the level (degree) of consanguinity.

    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Monday 6th Feb 2023, 08:54AM
  • Thank you for the explanation.  So, would this be 1st, 2nd or 3rd cousin?  Can I tell if it is on the mother's or father's side?

    maureen cunningham

    Tuesday 7th Feb 2023, 07:33PM
  • Maureen,

    This chart explains the degrees of consanguinity. I don’t think the notations on most marriage records necessarily say which side of the family the relationship existed.  And I am not confident about saying for certain what the notes mean in terms of consanguinity and affinity.


    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 9th Feb 2023, 05:20PM

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