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When talking about relatives, what does once removed, twice removed, etc. mean?

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Asked by benjamink at 5:05 PM on Jan. 28, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • Google it, its a lot to type on here. Simply put, it has to do with generation levels and direct line of ancestry. But pretty cool stuf. (I love information)

    Answer by _Kitty_kat_ at 5:06 PM on Jan. 28, 2010

  • Removed

    When the word "removed" is used to describe a relationship, it indicates that the two people are from different generations. You 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 relationship.

    The 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 and you are two generations younger than your grandparents. This one-generation difference equals "once removed."

    Twice 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 cousins, twice removed.

    Answer by Megs5384 at 5:07 PM on Jan. 28, 2010

  • If you want the full explanation of all the levels of cousins that was before this definition, you can go to...


    Answer by Megs5384 at 5:09 PM on Jan. 28, 2010

  • Basically a if you have a cousin that is once removed it makes them your first cousin.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:18 PM on Jan. 28, 2010

  • First, second and third cousins etc are descendendants of siblings and are all of the same generation.

    Once, twice removed etc means a generation removed from the cousins of the same generation.

    For example.  Mary and Laura are sisters.  Their children will be 1st cousins.  Their grandchildren will be second cousins, but the grandchildren will be 1st cousins once removed from  their children.


    Answer by beeky at 5:36 PM on Jan. 28, 2010

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