Originally Posted by Dom Heffner
A side note: Terry also directed a documentary on the Naked Cowboy, who is my mother's first cousin's son. So i guess I am a first cousin twice removed...
Dom, you would guess wrong. I didn't know this until my kids told me, but here is how the cousin thing works:
The First/Second, etc. issue hinges on who your common ascendant is. If it's your Grandmother, you are first cousins. If it's your great-grandmother, you are second cousins (and so on).
The "degree" of removal is a generational thing. Your mother and her cousin are part of the same generation. Hence, no removal. You, on the other hand are once removed (below) from your mother's cousin and therefore once removed.
The Naked cowboy and you belong to the same generation, and share a great-grand parent. You are therefore second cousins, (no removal).
Second cousins sounds a lot cooler than first cousins twice removed.