The following is a page I stole from Ed Thompson at
Thompson-Hayward-Snypes-Moore.net Bringing the Family Together Why are my cousins ‘removed’? There is a lot of confusion about the term ‘cousin’, especially as it relates to distant cousins. The concept of ‘first cousin’, ‘second cousin’, etc… is hard enough, but what the heck is a ‘first cousin once removed’? Why are they removed? Did they do something wrong? How can I get MY cousin removed?
Still here? OK, we will start off easy: Rose and Ruth are sisters. They both have kids. Those kids are first cousins. Their grand kids are second cousins. Their great grand kids are third cousins. Perhaps a picture…
- Eddie and Johnny are first cousins because they share the same grandparents.
- Eddie Jr and Johnny Jr are second cousins because they share the same great grandparents.
- Susy and Vicki are third cousins becasue they share the same great great grandparents.
Are we even related?
Cousins by marriage
Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now
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(That link above is where this page once was. The words are what I wrote back in 2013 but the link actually is to this page.)
|If one person’s →||Grandparent||Great-grandparent||Great-great-grandparent||Great-great-great-grandparent||Great-great-great-great-grandparent|
|Is the other person’s
|Then they are ↘|
|Grandparent||1st cousins||1st cousins once removed||1st cousins twice removed||1st cousins thrice removed||1st cousins four times removed|
|Great-grandparent||1st cousins once removed||2nd cousins||2nd cousins once removed||2nd cousins twice removed||2nd cousins thrice removed|
|Great-great-grandparent||1st cousins twice removed||2nd cousins once removed||3rd cousins||3rd cousins once removed||3rd cousins twice removed|
|Great-great-great-grandparent||1st cousins thrice removed||2nd cousins twice removed||3rd cousins once removed||4th cousins||4th cousins once removed|
|Great-great-great-great-grandparent||1st cousins four times removed||2nd cousins thrice removed||3rd cousins twice removed||4th cousins once removed||5th cousins|