Dating a second cousin

More generally, cousin is a type of familial relationship in which people with a known common ancestor are both two or more generations away from their most recent common ancestor.This distinguishes a cousin from an ancestor, descendant, sibling, aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew.

The cousin relationship is further detailed by degree and removal.

For example the second cousin once removed relationship is a second-degree cousin with one removal.

The removal of the cousin relationship is the number of generations the cousins are apart.

When the cousins are separated by a different number of generations from the most recent common ancestor, the cousin relationship is removed.

The difference between the number of generations for each cousin is the removal.

For example if the most recent common ancestor is 2 generations prior for one person and 3 generations prior for the other (one person's grandfather is the other person's great-grandfather) or the most recent common ancestor is 3 generations prior for one person and 4 generations prior for the other (one person's great-grandfather is the other person's great-great-grandfather) the cousins are separated by one generation and therefore once removed.

Note that two people can be removed but be around the same age due to differences in birth dates of parents children and other relevant ancestors.

The degree of the cousin relationship is the number of generations prior to the parents before a most recent common ancestor is found.

If the cousins are removed, the smaller number of generations to the most recent common ancestor is used to determine the degree of the cousin relationship.

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