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9/25/2009
Now that you're doing genealogy, relatives are coming out of the woodwork. Is that your third cousin? Fifth cousin twice removed? Here's how to figure it out.

My mom's family has a long-standing tradition of surprise babies that appear just when my relatives think they're finished procreating. Consequently, ages vary quite a bit within generations. When an aunt got into genealogy, she told me the boy I grew up knowing as a garden-variety cousin actually is my first cousin once removed. He's the son of my grandma's youngest brother — who's my great-uncle, even though he's my mom's age.

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