The Curious Autodidact

April 18, 2015

How Many Times Removed?

Filed under: helpful hints,origin of phrases — Honilima @ 12:45 am

Visiting with a neighbor yesterday she remarked she had a “third cousin” working on a project for her and as we walked away the question arose among us, ‘what is this third cousin’ business?

Many other languages have ways to distinguish father’s brother, mother’s brother, and more complete ways to sort these family tree branches. Here’s a great illustration that shows the story we were trying to comprehend on the walk home:

A family tree with the various branches and removals

A family tree with the various branches and removals

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