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Cousins 1st, 2nd & 3rd cousins etc. are on the same generation level as yourself.
For example if you have common Grandparents, then you are equally 2 generations away making you 1st cousins. If you have common great-grandparents, then you are equally 3 generations away making you 2nd cousins.
Cousin or First Cousin: You are a cousin or first cousin to the child of your uncle or aunt.
Second Cousin: Your are a second cousin to the children of your parents' first cousins.
Removed: Used to describe a difference in generations.
"once removed" means that there is a difference of one generation.
First cousin Once Removed: You are a first cousin once removed to the children
of your first cousins and the parents of your second cousin (your parents first cousin).
Second Cousin once Removed: The child of one's second cousin is a second cousin once removed,
sometimes called third cousin.
Cousin relationships are reciprocal. i.e. Your relation to a cousin
To determine the relation for a cousin older than you.
Other (technically incorrect) uses of Cousin-
While the definition alludes to friendship and marriage as definitions
Great-Uncle/Aunt: A brother/sister to any of one's grandparents.
1. the sister of my spouse, or
However Aunt, Uncle, Niece and Nephew can apply to your spouses relatives also.
Step and Half Relataionships
1 John FINLEY (b. 8 JUN 1579 (b.lchrystie, Scot.; d: 1670) 2 James FINLEY (b. 9 SEP 1631 Inchervie, Fife, Scot.; d: 16 FEB 1681 Inchervie, Fife) 3 Alexander FINLEY (b. 30 JUL 1667 Inchervie, St. Andrew's, Fife, Scot. d: 28 JAN 1736 Dublin Ire) 4 James Finley (b. 1687/8, Dublin, Ireland; d. 1753 Green Twp., Cmbr Co., PA) 5 William Finley (b. 1712, Dublin, Ireland; d. 1789 Augusta Co., VA) 6 John Finley (b. 15 Dec 1737 in Augusta Co,VA; d. (b.f 25 OCT 1802 in Augusta Co,VA) 7 James Finley (b. 1783, Staunton, Augusta Co., VA; d. 1866, Lincoln Co., MO) 8 Andrew Ramsey Finley (b. 1818, Shelbyville, KY; d. 1896, Santa Ana, CA) 9 Martha Emma Finley (b. 1856, Troy, MO; d. 1947, Santa Ana, CA) (Emma is Generation 6 in my table working back from the current generation) 2 Robert FINLEY (b. 1634 Incharvie,Fife, Scot.; d: 18 JUN 1712 in Armagh County, Ire) 3 Michael FINLEY (b. 7 MAY 1683 Co. Armagh, Ire; d. 1747 Sadsbury Twp., Chester Co., PA) 4 Rev. Samuel FINLEY (b. 2 Jul 1715 in Armaugh Co., Ire; d. 17 Jul 1766 in Philadelphia, PA) [Was 5th president of The College of New Jersey (now Princeton U.) 1761-1766] 5 Rebecca (b. 1745 Nottingham, Cecil, MD; d. 1770 Monmouth NJ) +Samuel Breese (b. 1737 in Shrewsbury, Monmouth, NJ; 1802 in Shrewsbury, NJ) 6 Elizabeth Ann Breese (b. 1766 New York, NY; d. 1828 New Haven, CT) + Rev. Jedidiah Morse (b. 1761 Woodstock, CT; d. 1826/28 New Haven, CT) 7 Samuel Finley Breese Morse (b. 1791 Charlestown, MA ;d. 1872 New York City) Invented the Telegraph 4 Rev. James FINLEY (b. 4 Feb 1724 in Armaugh Co., Ire; d. 1795 Rehoboth Twp, PA) [Original draft of Declaration of Independence was made in his Philadelphia home.]In the above example, James and Robert are brothers, Alexander and Michael are first cousins, James (1687) and Samuel are second cousins, Martha Emma and Samuel Finley are second cousins 5 times removed, Martha Emma and Samuel Morse are fifth cousins twice removed.
Another Chart from www.genealogy.com/16_cousn.html
Nevárez Family Page
Relationship Terms at Oak Road Syst.
The Generic Family Tree
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