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Who is my second cousin, first removed?

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Please could you tell me, who is my second cousin, three times removed? What does it mean?
John, Lewisham

Answer

** Definitive **
Name: Sue, Woolwich
Qualification: I've bored people a lot with this over the last month. My cousin did our family tree recently.
Answer: It's to do with generations. If you are the same generation and you share grandparents, then you are first cousins. Second cousins if you share great-grandparents and so on. The once-removed comes if you are different generations, so your mother's first cousins would be your first cousin first removed.