Handy abbreviations

Frequently — and especially as things delve deeper into the past — I start to use the shorthand of "#ggp" for "Nth great-grandparent." 

In terms of generation counting, just add two to the degree of great-grandparentage (e.g., 41ggp = 43 generations).

Likewise, for Nth cousins X times removed, I frequently use NxX, e.g., 7x5 = "seventh cousin, five times removed".

Later on, I've come up with something more comprehensive:  counting the number of generations "up" to a common ancestor and then back "down" to the person in question, e.g., 11th cousin 5x removed = 17 up then , 12 down (or c:17,12).

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