Mar 22 2011

What is a 2nd cousin? 3rd cousin? Once removed?

Category: Society & Culture

Answer:

First, second, or third cousins are terms used to indicate the number of generations between cousins and the nearest common ancestor.

  • First cousins share grandparents.
  • Second cousins share great-grandparents.
  • Third cousins share great-great-grandparents.

Removed (once removed, twice removed) is a term used to indicate the number of generations separating the cousins. So if two people share a set of ancestors but are not the same number of generations in descent from those ancestors, they are considered removed.

Example: Your first cousins children would be your first cousins, once removed (the common ancestors are your grandparents, who are their great-grandparents). Your children and your first cousin’s children would be second cousins. Ayrshireroots


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2 Responses to “What is a 2nd cousin? 3rd cousin? Once removed?”

  1. mariellen says:

    What is when u have your dad and then his sister her husband then his sister then her kids r u cousins

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