Do you know what a second cousin, twice removed is? If not, that's okay because most people only know basic relationship words like mom, dad, brother, sister, cousin, grandparents, aunt, and uncle. Below are some "cousin" definitions to get started.
Your third cousins are family members that share the same great-great-grandparents. Fourth cousins share the same great-great-great-grandparents, and so on and so forth.
The word "removed" means two family members are from different generations. All first cousins are from the same generation so, "removed" can't be used.
"Once removed" means there is a one generation difference. For instance, my first cousin is my sons first cousin, once removed.
Twice removed means there is a two generation difference. For example, my grandmothers first cousin is two generations older than me, so she is my first cousin, twice removed.
Relationship terms have changed over the years so researchers need to be aware when looking at older records. Sometimes a record, such as a census record, will list someone as being a cousin to the head of household, when actually, they were a close family friend or a cousin to the wife of the household. It pays to investigate before setting something in stone!