What does 9th cousin twice removed mean??

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  1. qbanmamiof2 profile image61
    qbanmamiof2posted 13 years ago

    I am having a hard time understanding this.

    I was reading in another blog that George Bush is related to Obama by being 11th cousing 3 times removed.

    What the heck does 3 times removed even mean??

    How can you remove someone?? I don't understand, HELP, I'm going crazy over this.

    Thank you in advance smile

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      cosetteposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      it means that one of them is a descendant of the other person's great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparent and the other is a a descendant of the other person's great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparent.

      (i think) big_smile

    2. Army Infantry Mom profile image61
      Army Infantry Momposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I stopped over at ask.com this is what I found,..
      it means two generations away from you. For example, my mother's cousin is my cousin "once removed" she is of my mother's generation which is the one before mine. A cousin who is "twice removed" would be the same generation as your grandparents.
      interest in geneology http://www.genealogy.com/16_cousn.html

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      Ghost32posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      It means if you hook up, they can't throw you in jail and even the tabloids would have trouble using it to sell papers.  big_smile

    4. Daniel Carter profile image65
      Daniel Carterposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      What does it mean?
      Not much. It's so convoluted you could deduce that quantum string theory is the root cause for malaria. Yes, they may actually be related through a very long string of associations, but all that proves is that we are all likely related in some distant, believe it or not....

  2. Jane Dee Summers profile image61
    Jane Dee Summersposted 13 years ago

    It could mean they do not include each other on the gift list for christmas, because they have already been removed.

    1. darkside profile image70
      darksideposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      LOL. I like this answer. Not correct, but bloody funny.

    2. qbanmamiof2 profile image61
      qbanmamiof2posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Ha ha, that's cute smile  Thank you for your comment Jane dee

      Can that also mean that they are not aware that they are even related?   If someone was removed once how can they be removed twice???

  3. darkside profile image70
    darksideposted 13 years ago
    1. dutchman1951 profile image61
      dutchman1951posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      DAM! this really is rocket science!...lol

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    Madame Xposted 13 years ago

    once removed means 'a generation apart'

    So, three generations ago, Bush and Obama had a common relative who was the offspring of each of their families 11 times out from their first cousins.

    For example, if your cousin has a child, that child is your second cousin, and so on.

    I read somewhere that we are all 50th cousins of each other anyway. Just one big happy family hmm

  5. Jane Dee Summers profile image61
    Jane Dee Summersposted 13 years ago

    My dear qd, it could also mean that they are not aware of many things!
    However, I do prefer BOB. That's swaggers kinda cute.

  6. qbanmamiof2 profile image61
    qbanmamiof2posted 13 years ago

    Great!  Now I understand, thank you darkide for breaking it down for me, and thank you all for commenting.

    Madame X I was reading on another site that we are all related in someway, if you look back far enough in the family tree.
    so may be we are all 50th cousin 10 times removes smile LOL

    Thank you once again

  7. LondonGirl profile image83
    LondonGirlposted 13 years ago

    The degree of cousinhood depends on the distance from the common ancestor. For example:

                         Adam m. Beatrice
           /                                  /
       Charles m. Doris                       Edward m. Fiona
           /                                    /
           /                                    /
           /                                    /
    Geoffrey m. Harriet                       Ian m. Janet
           /                                   /     
           /                                   /
           /                                   /
        Keith m. Margaret                    Norman m. Olivia
           /                                   /     
           /                                   /
           /                                   /
        Peter m. Queenie                     Robert m. Sarah

    Charles and Edward are brothers. Geoffrey and Ian are first cousins. Keith and Norman are second cousins. Peter and Robert are third cousins.

    Geoffrey and Norman are first cousins once removed, as are Keith and Ian.

    Geoffrey and Robert are first cousins twice removed, as are Peter and Ian.

    Keith and Robert are second cousins once removed, as are Peter and Norman.


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