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Clare Raymond family tree, remastered 01

A computer readout of ten generations of progeny from the Raymond family


The family of Shannon Janeway in 2050

For the TNG episode of the same name, please see "Family".
"You choose your enemies, you choose your friends, but family? That's in the stars."
"So I've heard.

A family (also described as a familial connection) was a relationship between people by genetics, marriage, adoption, or an especially strong friendship. Those in a family were typically described as relatives; those that lived prior to an individual were known as ancestors, while those that lived after an individual were known as descendants.

In 2374, Seven of Nine said the need for familial connections was a weakness. (VOY: "Hope and Fear") Later in 2376, Seven of Nine evolved to believe that she and Naomi Wildman said they considered each other family because they were very close friends. (VOY: "Survival Instinct") The study of these family relationships was known as genealogy. (VOY: "11:59")

Crews of some starships considered themselves family. In 2259 of the alternate reality, James T. Kirk expressed his joy that a newly fatherless Carol Marcus would be a part of the USS Enterprise's family as a regular crewmember, not merely a specialist on temporary assignment to the ship; Marcus remarked that it was nice to have a family. (Star Trek Into Darkness)

In 2287, Leonard McCoy wondered aloud why he, James T. Kirk, and Spock spent time together on shore leave, despite serving together on the Enterprise-A, and especially given their mutual antagonism of each other, remarking that other people had families (who they spent time with). Kirk agreed that other people did, but not them. After Kirk later referred to Spock as his brother, whom he lost but had later regained, McCoy noted the inconsistency between that comment and Kirk's earlier one about them not having families. Kirk admitted that he had been wrong about that (i.e. they did have families - each other.) (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

Cultural views Edit

Familial connections varied by species, culture, gender, sexual identity, and preference. Denobulans commonly had several spouses, each of which had more spouses, and children by each. (ENT: "A Night in Sickbay") Bolian families may have likewise been polygamous. (DS9: "Field of Fire")

According to Kotan Pa'Dar, "On Cardassia, family is everything. We care for our parents and our children with equal devotion. In some households, four generations eat at the same table. Family is... everything." (DS9: "Cardassians")

The Novans named their ancestors "before-family" and "go-befores". (ENT: "Terra Nova")

Law Edit

Family members of prisoners detained by the Cardassian Union were not allowed to visit them in prison, but they were invited to the trial and execution. According to Odo, it was done so the public could see them cry over their loved ones. (DS9: "Tribunal")

Direct genetic connections Edit

Indirect genetic and non-genetic connections Edit

Aunts and uncles Edit

"I know who you are."
"Then, you have the advantage."
"You're my nephew, Jean-Luc. From the starship
"Then you must be my uncle Rene."
"I'm not your uncle. It's the other way around."
"Too bad. I rather enjoyed the idea.

An aunt (sometimes called "Auntie") was the sister of a parent or the wife of a parent's brother, while an uncle was the brother of a parent or the husband of a parent's sister. (VOY: "Remember", "Fair Haven", et al.) The terms can also be terms of endearment or one who helps, mentors or encourages someone. (DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars", "His Way"; VOY: "The Q and the Grey", "Q2")

Vice Admiral J.P. Hanson commented to Captain Jean-Luc Picard of Lieutenant Commander Shelby's drive after joining Starfleet Tactical as being the reason for "every admiral's uncle [having] a take on this Borg business." (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds")

When Dobara, the wife of Nikolai Rozhenko, chatted with Worf, she begged him to make amends with his brother, because, she wanted Worf to consider himself her brother as well, because he was "going to be the uncle of my child." (TNG: "Homeward")

The same relationship of two people, as separated by a generation, was referred to as a great aunt (the sister or the brother's wife of a grandparent) or great uncle (the brother or the sister's wife, of a grandparent). (ENT: "Horizon", "Minefield") Travis Mayweather once noted that "On a cargo ship, you can't walk ten meters without running into your babysitter or a great aunt." (ENT: "Horizon")

Cousins Edit

Cousins were two offspring who shared a common grandparent, where one cousin's parent was a sibling to the other cousin's parent. (VOY: "11:59", et al.)

Nieces and nephews Edit

A niece was the daughter of one's sibling, likewise, a nephew was the son of one's sibling. (VOY: "Parturition", et al.)

Relatives Edit

Relatives were any and/or all of the above examples of family whose relationship was unspecified. (TNG: "The Bonding")

According to Phlox, "Denobulans take great pleasure in bequeathing their belongings to far-flung relatives." (ENT: "Zero Hour")

While visiting 1996 Earth, Kathryn Janeway claimed "I don't know what my relatives were doing this far back in history." (VOY: "Future's End")

When Sergey Rozhenko contacted the Klingon High Command regarding the fostering of Worf, he was told that Worf had no living relatives. (TNG: "Sins of the Father")

While investigating Simon Tarses as a possible Romulan collaborator, Worf requested of Ensign Kellogg to get him a "list of all relatives, known associates and especially old school friends." (TNG: "The Drumhead")

William Riker, surgically altered to appear Bajoran, posed as one of Ro Laren's relatives during a covert mission against the Maquis in 2370. (TNG: "Preemptive Strike")

When Harry Kim, who was led to believe he was half-Taresian, arrived at his believed homeworld, he inquired as to whether he could find out if he had any relatives there. (VOY: "Favorite Son")

Non-genetic familial connections Edit

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Background information Edit

Real-life connections Edit

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