Can you help me with what to call a great, great, great, great, great grandfather without listing all the greats? Would he be my 4th great grandfather or 5th grandfather? Or neither?ASK OLIVE TREE GENEALOGY RESPONSE: Hi Eleanor,
Normally you count the number of "greats" in the relationship and change that to a number. So your great great great-grandfather would be your 3rd great-grandfather. Or 3rd great grandfather (no hyphen) Some people write it as 3x great-grandfather.
Sometimes I cheat and write g-g-g-grandfather. :-)
No matter what convention you choose you must leave the "great" in before "Grandfather" or others reading will not know what you mean.