The terms “first cousin once removed” and “second cousin” are often confused. When the term “removed” is used, it indicates that the two people are from different generations.  Second cousins have the same great grandparents but not the same grandparents.

Dee Notaro is an amateur genealogist based in Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.A.).  Her own ancestral background is made up of a mixture of cultures, including her Irish forebears who hailed from County Sligo.  Dee teaches classes on genealogical research and is passionate about helping others find answers to their ancestry questions.

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Comment by Kathleen Acker on May 21, 2014 at 8:56pm

I'm sorry if I'm slow getting this, here is my dilemma: my cousin and I always say we are third cousins, but I think we are wrong.  His g-grandmother and my grandfather were brother and sister.  Are we first cousins, once removed, or third cousins, or aliens?!  I have never been able to get this straight and any help would be appreciated.

Thank you

Comment by Dee Notaro on May 22, 2014 at 4:54am

Here is a handy chart for your files of family relationships.

Comment by Jean Sullivan Cardinal on May 23, 2014 at 7:45pm

Thanks for the chart, these terms have confused me for a while now.

Comment by Finola Mulholland on May 24, 2014 at 9:20am

I figured this out for myself ssome years ago, and it is always something of a thrill to discover that someone you meet is, in fact, a distant relative. What is even  more fun is finding out that a Connemara Pony you hear about is kin to those in my own herd  :D


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