Divided by a common language?

British and American researchers are often confused by each other’s terminology.

One example is the way great uncles and aunts are referred to – American usage refers to them as grand uncles and aunts. The American approach makes it easier to be sure which generation such relatives belong to: your great grandfather’s brother is your great great uncle (British) but your great grand uncle (American).

If you have other examples – from either side of the Atlantic – please use the Contact Us page to tell us about them.