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Reply Sun 17 Mar, 2013 12:15 pm
My wife's first cousin once removed is married to my wife's friend's uncle (mother's real brother). Does this mean my wife and her friend are cousins? If not, how would you define the relationship?
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jespah
 
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Reply Sun 17 Mar, 2013 01:52 pm
@tarundurga,
Once removed means that the generations do not line up. First cousins are two people with one set of grandparents in common (if both are in common, then those two people are siblings). Their parents are siblings. Second cousins are persons with one set of great-grandparents in common. These are the children of first cousins.

Therefore, once removal is one first cousin and their relationship with another first cousin's child.

A woman's relationship with her uncle is that of niece. The uncle is either her mother or father's brother, or the husband of her mother or father's sister (there's no such thing as an aunt-in-law or uncle-in-law). The friend is, of course, niece to her uncle. His wife is, of course, her aunt.

FYI, I'm not so sure if it matters how are the first cousins are removed, e. g. whether your wife in the first cousin generation, or the second cousin generation.

The cousin's spouse is also considered to be a cousin (we really don't have good, descriptive words for this in English). Hence his children (and his niece) are another removal.

I believe that these are first cousins twice-removed, but it's tough to say without being able to see an actual family tree.
Ragman
 
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Reply Sun 17 Mar, 2013 02:16 pm
@jespah,
whew!
jespah
 
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Reply Sun 17 Mar, 2013 02:18 pm
@Ragman,
I knew taking Wills & Trusts would come in handy one of these days.
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MattDavis
 
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Reply Sun 17 Mar, 2013 10:22 pm
@Ragman,
Whew indeed!
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