Recreating family history one piece at a time.

One of my favorite finds in researching my family history was Edna Davis Timms,1st cousin 4x removed.

For those of you unsure what all this cousins and so much removed means here are a couple of things you should know.

First cousins and the sons and daughters of Aunts and Uncles.   It makes no difference if it is your  Great Uncle or your Great-Great-Great-Great-Great Aunt, their children are your 1st cousins.  Second cousins are the sons and daughters of 1st cousins.  Third cousins the children of 2nd cousins and so on.

The times removed talks about the number of generations they are from you in a common ancestor.   In Edna’s case her grandfather was also my 4th great grandfather; hence the 4 times removed between us.

It gets sometimes a little hard to figure out when when you get further away from your main tree.  Fortunately almost all the softwares for family tree will calculate the relationship between two people for you.

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