first cousins are the people in your family who have two of the same
grandparents as you. In other words, they are the children of your aunts
second cousins are the people in your family who have the same
great-grandparent as you…but not the same grandparents.
Fourth, and Fifth Cousins
third cousins have the same great-great-grandparents, fourth cousins have the
same great-great-great grandparents, and so on.
the word ‘removed’ is used to describe a relationship, it indicates that the
two people are from different generations.
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
words ‘once removed’ mean that there is a difference of one generation.
For example, your mother’s first cousin is your first cousin, once
removed. This is because your mother’s first cousin is one generation
younger than your grandparents are and you are two generations younger than
your grandparents. This one-generation difference equals ‘once removed.’
removed means that there is a two-generation difference. You are two
generations younger than a first cousin of your grandmother, so you and your
grandmother’s first cousin are first cousin, twice removed.
Let's see if we can make this work. I thank my cousin, Sandi, for providing the above description. Now let's how she and I are related.
We share her great great grandmother, Barbara Schafer. That means she is my third cousin.
Barbara Schafer is my great great great grandmother so there is a one generation difference. That means
I am once removed. We are third cousins, once removed.
Let me know if I did that wrong.