... THREE TIMES REMOVED

First Cousins - Share a set of grandparents. They are the children of your parents' siblings.
Second Cousins - Share great-grandparents.
Third Cousins - Share great-great-grandparents.
Fourth Cousins - Share great-great-great grandparents and so on.

Removed - Refers to the separation by a generation.

First cousin once removed - Your first cousin's children are your cousins once removed (one generation from being your first cousin).

First cousin twice removed - Your first cousin's grandchildren are your cousins twice removed (by two generations).

And your third cousin three times removed? Third cousins share a set of great-great-grandparents. The "thrice removed" would be a third cousin's great grandchildren. For avid genealogists, that's almost immediate family!

Adapted from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Q & A Column, n.d.

Granduncle Mark's Genealogy Parlor gives a very careful analysis of family relationships and the mistakes that are commonly made. Granduncle Mark is no longer at his old website, but fortunately his Parlor lives on at the WayBack Machine. He is worth a few minutes of your time.

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