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    Last Updated: September 18th, 2008

    Just What does it mean.. Twice removed?
    If someone came up to you in the store and said, Hey how’s it going, I’m your second cousin twice removed, would you be as clueless as most of the rest of us when it comes to understanding exactly what she was talking about.
    Essentially we have a fairly good grasp on what the essential relationship words add up to so far as relatives, such as uncle, cousin, mother and father, but how about the variety that we don’t see used very often.

    How do we interpret them and exactly where does that person fit into the overall scheme of things.

    When we use a term like second cousin, quite a few people dont’ know exactly what it means.

    When working with genealogy or ancestry, its quite handy to know what the terminology means when you are speaking about your work.

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    First Cousin: the first cousing shares two grandparents iwth you. They are the children of one of your parents siblings.

    Second Cousins: are those who share your great grandparents, but not your grandparents.

    Third Cousins, are those who share the same great great grandparents but not the same great grandparents or the same grandparents.

    Whats a double first cousin?
    This was fairly common years ago, and in fact, It is true in my own family.

    The relationship is rather tricky to work out, however, My mother, and her sister, married two men, who were cousins.
    Therefore, we are cousins on our mothers side and second cousins on our fathers side.

    When we add the word “removed ” to a relationship, it means that the two people in question are not from the same generation. In other words, you and your aunts children are in the same generation, however, your aunts grandchildren, are still your cousins but are not of the same generation, but a generation younger, so the new daughter of your cousin would be your cousin, once removed.

    When the word “removed” is used to describe a relationship, it indicates that the two people are from different generations. You and your first cousins are in the same generation (two generations younger than your grandparents), so the word “removed” is not used to describe your relationship.

    When two generations younger, such as your grandfathers cousin, and yourself, your relationship would be that you are first cousins, twice removed.

    To make things a lot easier on yourself, use a relationship chart, many of which are available on Relationship Chart or make one of your own to simplify matters for you when working out how you are related to someone.

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  1. #1
    Jen Cook
    July 9th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Are me and my first cousin twice removed still related?

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