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The Queen of Sheeeba
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May 2013
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The Queen of Sheeeba [userpic]
What does that make her to me again?

My mother's sister's daughter her husband and kids. Is she a second cousin or a cousin once removed? How 'bout her kids relation to me or, even better (or worse) her kid's relation to my kids?

Memorial Day '10

We had a blast. Would you believe the girl is 12 and the boy 11? I told her not to worry, until they were about 12, Ebony was bigger than Justin-- now look at them.

ETA:Well, of course she's just my plain old cousin. But what is she to my kids and our kids to each other.


Mother's sister's daughter and husband are your cousins. (Guess who is "by marriage".)
The kids are your first cousins once removed.
Their kids and your kids are second cousins.

If their kids have kids, the youngest kids would be your first cousins twice removed, or your kids' second cousins once removed.

Thanks! Let's see how long I retain this.

To expand on what Rue said: Degree describes what ancestor you have in common--same grandparents but different parents, first cousins; same great-grandparents but different grandparents, second cousins; etc. Remove means different generations. Wiki has a handy chart: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cousin

Handy charts are handy! I always have to make up my own chart (mostly in my head) and have to "walk" through it to figure out relationships. In my family it was always: Grandparents, parents, aunts/uncles, cousins, other people at the reunion. Figuring it all out was too much work.

Bill has a large family with lots of folks whose relation is nebulous or difficult to explain, so "cousin" works very well as a catchall.