My dad has been tracking down the family lineage. He got to the point where great great granddad Frederick (my middle name) came over from Germany and started a farm in Egypt Mills, Missouri (I have no idea why). But, we didn’t know where he came from in Germany. Enter my wonderful friend Tricia. Txx lives in the UK, and is very active in all types of things ancestral. She found out that G.G.grandpappy was from Hanover, Germany. We have spent months messing with this, and she found all kinds of new goodies in about 5 minutes. Whilst perusing all this new family tree gold, I kept coming across terms like “second cousin” and “twice removed”. I have heard them used before, but was never sure what they meant. Well, you know that when you are in doubt, Wiki it out. So, just in case you have ever wondered about terms like those, or who that fat guy was standing next to your cousin’s brother’s aunt in the family picnic photo, here’s what they mean….
“The degree (first, second, third cousin, et cetera) indicates one less than the minimum number of generations between both cousins and the nearest common ancestor. For example, a person with whom one shares a grandparent (but not a parent) is a first cousin; someone with whom one shares a great-grandparent (but not a grandparent) is a second cousin; and someone with whom one shares a great-great-grandparent (but not a great-grandparent) is a third cousin; and so on.
The remove (once removed, twice removed, etc.) indicates the number of generations, if any, separating the two cousins from each other. The child of one’s first cousin is one’s first cousin once removed because the one generation separation represents one remove. Oneself and the child are still considered first cousins, as one’s grandparent (this child’s great-grandparent), as the most recent common ancestor, represents one degree. Equally the child of one’s great-aunt or uncle (one’s parent’s cousin) is one’s first cousin once removed because their grandparent (one’s own great-grandparent) is the most recent common ancestor.”
Basically, it says that if the two people in question can use the same term (uncle, cousin, grandpa) to talk to any of their mutual relatives, they shouldn’t be dating!