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    Quote Originally Posted by Æmeric View Post
    A third cousin is someone who shares a set of great-great-grandparents with you. Everyone should have 8 sets of greatgrandparents if none of their parents or grandparents married cousins. Iceland was founded by a relatively small group, numbering in the thousands. As recently as 200-years ago the population of Iceland was around 25,000. So most persons in Iceland are related to each other within the last 10 generations & persons living in small Icelandic villages are probably at least 4th or 5th cousins to everyone else in the village.
    Which is why the Icelandic society is still considered to be homogenous.

    I might be a bit confused about the 3rd cousin line but I always thought it branched off in this way. For example: I have 1st cousins who have children. They become my 2nd cousins. I have children and my 2nd cousins are 3rd cousins to my kids. Someone may have told me wrong, but that was my understanding of it.

    Whichever the case, I would have so many of them that I wouldn't know them if I fell over them. So being that far removed wouldn't be an issue for myself.
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    Although I don't see anything morally or genetically wrong with breeding with distant relatives it is still strange when it happens, I know as I did discover that an ex boyfriend is a distant cousin 6th I believe and then only by marriage so no genetics involved but it still felt odd once I found out.
    From a puerly genetic point of view breeding with close relatives is not always bad as the good traits are just as likely to be retained as the bad ones.

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    I can barely stand my family, let alone breed with them

    Anyways, having grown up in a densely populated land where the options are innnumerable, I don't see why anyone would want to marry their cousin (even the 3rd one).

    But I guess it is a practice more associated with rural communities or secluded areas like Iceland that Janus mentioned. So I'm not judgemental, it's just a very uncommon practice to the modern urban mindset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brynhild View Post
    Which is why the Icelandic society is still considered to be homogenous.

    I might be a bit confused about the 3rd cousin line but I always thought it branched off in this way. For example: I have 1st cousins who have children. They become my 2nd cousins. I have children and my 2nd cousins are 3rd cousins to my kids. Someone may have told me wrong, but that was my understanding of it.

    Whichever the case, I would have so many of them that I wouldn't know them if I fell over them. So being that far removed wouldn't be an issue for myself.

    A person you share a set of grandparents with is your first cousin. A child of your first cousin would a first cousin once removed. The relationship between your child & the child of your first cousin would be second cousins. Each generation remove from a common set of grandparents increases the degree of kinship. So if you share a set of great-grandparents with someone, that person would be a second cousin. Now if the person has a grandchild, that grandchild would be a second cousin, twiced removed. The nearest common kinship between the two of you would be your great-grandparents, but the second cousin twice removed is two more generations (great-great-great-grandchild) removed from the common ancestors then you are. Maybe this chart from Wikipedia might help.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mischak
    well, just like I consider uncles by marriage to be family, I would consider distantly related cousins family also. We are not living in trible societies and I'm sorry, I just can't see family members as anything but family, and I consider it weird to see them any other way
    So in your view, how distantly related should someone be in order to be a valid spouse? 14th cousin, 20th? If you go back far enough, all your countrymen would be your .....th cousins; not to mention that all humans share common ancestry ultimately So where does one draw the line?

    Or are you thinking along the lines of paternally related individuals (if it's distant) being family?

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    I don't even know any of my third cousins.

    That said I want to (try to) contribute something at least somewhat useful.
    So, here are myself, and two of my friends and how our parents are related and a little about us. I'm not saying who is who. We're all close to the same age.

    The parents: 23rd cousins, twice removed
    The child(ren): ADD, possibly ADHD. Severe psoriasis. One child (a college graduate) is in their early thirties, still living at home. The other is in community college (taking a while). One works at a home improvement store, the other works at a youth facility.

    The parents: 10th cousins, once removed
    The child(ren): ADD, possible IBS. One child has graduated college and works at two doctors offices.

    The parents: 6th cousins, once removed.
    The child(ren): Dyslexia, mild psoriasis. One child is a Harvard graduate. Two others are university graduates. Children's jobs: one works at an airport, one works in a bookstore, and one is a teacher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Æmeric View Post
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