Establishing kinship using images can be utilized as context information in different applications including face recognition. However, the process of automatically detecting kinship in facial images is a challenging and relatively less explored task. The reason for this includes limited availability of datasets as well as the inherent variations amongst kins. This paper presents a kinship classification algorithm that uses the local description of the pre-processed Weber face image. A kinship database is also prepared that contains images pertaining to 272 kin pairs. The database includes images of celebrities (and their kins) and has four ethnicity groups and seven kinship groups. The proposed algorithm outperforms an existing algorithm and yields a classification accuracy of 75.2%. © 2012 IEEE.