Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
I made such a mess of the post about second cousins. It was too long and too complicated. At first I thought I'd rewrite the post and break it up into two posts and then do third cousins.
Then I realized that we'd all be better off if I share the comment made by
Jean, who blogs at DelightfulRepast.com and describes herself as "an amateur genealogist from way back."
She simplified the cousin issue for me, so I can simplify it for you.
Here's what she said:
Sibling 1----------------Sibling 2 = Siblings
Child of Sibling 1-----------Child of Sibling 2 = 1st Cousins
Grandchild of Sibling 1--Grandchild of Sibling 2 = 2nd Cousins
Great Grand of Sibling 1-Great Grand Sibling 2 = 3rd Cousins
Now how about if we say thank you to Jean and leave it at that? We're all cousins of some sort.
Thank you, Jean!
Infinities of love,