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What does it mean when a family member is for example "twice removed?"?

I overheard somebody talking the other day about a cousin that was twice removed from the family. I was just wondering what that meant.

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    It means you have to go through five other blood relatives (including parents of siblings) to trace your family tree to them.

    A lot of people don't fully understand the terminology or use it correctly, though, so that may not be exactly what that person meant. You'll have to ask them to be sure.

    Source(s): Here's an excellent chart in the form of a family tree: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cousin
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  • 1 decade ago

    Let me try to think back on this....a cousin "twice removed" is actually a 2nd cousin which is.....the son or daughter of your first cousin.

    Hope that helps!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It means two generations apart. Your 1st cousin's child is your first cousin once removed. Your 1st cousin's GRANDchild is your first cousing twice removed.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Once you remove them, are they still your cousin?

    Actually for each generation there is another "removed" added.

    your 1st cousin's kids to you are 1st cousin once removed, your kids and your 1st cousin's kids are second cousins.

    Your second cousin woud be the child of your parent's cousin.

    1st cousins share grandparents, 2nd cousins share great grandparents

    your 1st cousin's grandkids to you are 1st cousins twice removed.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Twice removed means they are 2 generations away from you meaning 2nd cousins on either your mother or father's side.

    They are what is called "distant cousins".

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    basically when you are removed in the title of cousin ship, then your mom's sister's child had a child.

    It's like this...

    Granma+Granpa

    Mom/Dad ........ Aunt/Uncle

    You ......... Cousin

    your kid ......... Cousin's kid

    Your kid's kid ......... Cousin's kid's kid

    you and Cousin's kid are cousins, once removed.

    you and cousin's kid's kid are cousins, twice removed

    the difference between being cousins and cousins x removed are the number of generations between you and that person.

    Whereas you and Cousin are 1st cousins,

    and your kid and cousin's kid are 2nd cousins

    you and cousin's kid are 1st cousin's, once removed

    you and cousin's kid's kid are 1st cousins, twice removed

    your kid and cousin's kid's kid are 2nd cousins, once removed...

    so on and so forth....does this help any?

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  • maamu
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    I alway wondered this also. So if San Diego's explanation is correct, then who would be my 2nd cousin? I always thought my first cousin's child was my 2nd cousin....

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I wonder who the hell came up with this...

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