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Old 06-03-2013, 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Timing2012 View Post
I think once you get to the third cousin, the ewww factor is significantly removed. Once you reach the fifth cousin stage, it kinda becomes totally okay.

Any of you know all your 4th counsins? See!!!
I found out two years ago that a woman I went to high school with long ago was a fifth cousin. She was one of the hottest girls in my school, and I definitely would have dated her. She actually asked "What if we'd have gotten married?" after she found out we were related.
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:38 PM
Location: Georgia, USA
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Originally Posted by Pikantari View Post
Yes I do and we were close as children. That was my grandmothers sisters daughters child. Does that make sense? I think that is 4th, if not 3rd.

I don't think it becomes ok. That is just my opinion. With all of the many people in the world, I do not think you have to marry a family member, no matter how far removed they are.
Nope, only second cousin.

You share great grandparents.

The point being made is that in the past many cousin marriages happened during times when communities were smaller and people often never traveled more than a few miles from where they lived. It does still happen, especially in certain cultures.

The risk of genetic disorders is increased, but not greatly so, for marriages between first cousins:

Few Risks Seen To the Children Of 1st Cousins - New York Times

Some facts about cousin marriages:

Facts about cousin marriage | Cousin Marriage Resources

I like the last one:

"We are all cousins. No two people are more distantly related than 50th cousins."
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:50 PM
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Originally Posted by suzy_q2010 View Post
Thanks to three cousin marriages in the distant past, my father and I are also fifth cousins once removed (twice), eighth cousins twice removed, ninth cousins, ninth cousins twice removed, and tenth cousins!

That makes me and my brother also cousins several different ways.

My sons and I are cousins ...

My grand daughter and I are cousins ...

Anyone else noticed this?
oh my god, this is so funny, because i actually dated my second cousin for a while but we kept it a secret because we didn't want that stigma. and oh my lord, you are from GA too- so am i. you can bet i don't bring that stuff up in CA- they'll think i grew up in Barefoot Holler. I mean, I sorta did.....but, you know, you don't have to tell everyone everything!
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