[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Figuring Relationships

Jerry Frank FranklySpeaking at shaw.ca
Wed Oct 1 21:06:07 PDT 2008

If I charted it correctly -

Your father and mother are 2nd cousins once removed.
You are your father's 3rd cousin.
You are your mother's 2nd cousin twice removed.
You and your siblings are 3rd cousins once removed.

I have no idea how common this situation is.  My wife's parents 
(Volga German descendants) were fourth cousins.  Complicate this even 
more so with her g.grandfather on her father's side marrying a 2nd 
cousin and the relationships get really messy.

Jerry Frank - Calgary, Alberta
FranklySpeaking at shaw.ca

At 08:15 PM 01/10/2008, Leo Sonnenberg wrote:

>I recently received a list of ancestors on my father's side back to 1790
>from a cousin in Germany. I was surprised to see that my grandfather on
>my mother's side was also on the list.
>My mother is a great granddaughter to the common ancestor and my father
>is a great great grandson to the common ancestor. I am both a great
>great grandson through my mother and a great great  great grandson
>through my father.
>My questions are -  A. what cousins are my parents to each other and B.
>what am I to my distant grandfather?  How would I classify myself - a
>two great grandson or a three great grandson? So who am I?
>Also, does this situation occur very often?
>Any definition of my relationship to my distant grandfather is welcome
>(including any jokes).
>Leo Sonnenberg

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