Remember the song “I’m my own grandpa”? In case you haven’t heard it, the song goes round and round, who’s married to who, which makes grandpa his own grandpa.
Those of you who know me know that I’m very interested in DNA and I’ve had mine done through Family Tree DNA and Ancestry.com DNA. I get matches once a week from one or the other, mostly Ancestry because it seems to be more popular right now. Most of the time I know none of the names listed to the individual that I’m a match to. Sometimes I will do an in-depth search to see if I can figure it out. Usually I can’t. I move on.
I was talking to a known cousin last week and we shared pictures and history. That got me to thinking. He is not a first cousin but a second cousin twice removed. My father would be my first cousin once removed. I’m confused.
Okay—so I’ll back up. My mother married her first cousin, or was it her first cousin once removed? My mother’s mother and his mother were first cousins. Oh I get it now. They were first cousins once removed. My dad would be my first cousin twice removed, or would he be my second cousin?
Oh wait a minute…………he wasn’t my dad after all. My mother had an affair and I’m the child from that affair but I carry her husband’s last name. They divorced when I was only three.
The man my mother was married to remarried and he had a son. He’s my half brother–or–is he my cousin three times removed. Or maybe even my third cousin!
Have a totally confused you yet??? I’m confused. Even though the first man is not my father he is a cousin and his children are my cousins—removed—-can’t keep track on how many times removed!
So you see I could be my own grandma! I need more education on DNA and how many times a cousin can be removed!