Here's a easy way to figure out how you are related to someone!
--If you share the same parents--you are siblings
--If you share the same grandparents--you are first cousins
--If you share the same great grandparents--you are second cousins
--If you share the same great great grandparents--you are third cousins
--If you share the same great x 3 grandparents--you are fourth cousins
--If you share the same great x 4 grandparents--you are fifth cousins
And so on, and so forth.
So how to figure out the dreaded " first/second/third cousin removed" part?
Here's an example.
My first cousin "B" and I share the same grandparents, Alonzo Cox Huber & Minttie May Bruton. "B" got married and had three children. Her three children and I are first cousins 1 x removed.
Several of "B"s children have had children, so they are my first cousins 2 x removed.
If I had had children, they would have been 2nd cousins to "B"'s children, sharing the same great grandparents (Alonzo Cox Huber & Minttie May Bruton).
Or to show it another way:
ALONZO COX HUBER & MINTTIE MAY BRUTON
My father His sister (siblings)
Me "B" (first cousins)
"B"s children (first cousins 1x removed)
Have a great day!
© Betty Tartas 2013