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Cousins' Day

Cousins' Day - 24th of JulyHappy Cousins Day

 

Most of us have cousins,  This is the day to try and remember all the names of our parent's children.  When is this special Cousin's Day?  24th of July.

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Classic Cousin's Joke

A Russian cousin arrives in Seatle.

American cousin: How do you say 'Labor Day' in Russian?
Russian cousin: Another freezing and snowy day.

Types of CousinsCousins Day

1st Cousins
The secret of understing cousin relationships is to work back to the grandparents.  1st cousins share the same grandparents, their parents are brothers or sisters (or brother and sister).

2nd Cousins
Once you focus on the grandparents, then by logical extension, 2nd cousins share the same great grandparents.

Cousins Removed Once and TwiceHappy Cousins Day
The key to removed cousins are generations.  Once removed refers to one generation further down the tree.  If you take first cousins, then if one cousin has a child then that cousin is one (generation) removed from a cousin of its parents. 

A cousin twice removed would refer to a gap of two generations.  By now the relationship is best illustrated by a family tree.

Cousin Marriage

It is still legal to marry one's 1st cousin in over 20 states in America, and estimates suggest about 1 in 2,500 Americans marry their cousin.

In England it is still legal to marry a cousin.  Perhaps the most famous instance of kissing cousins was Queen Victoria marrying Prince Albert.  Talking of Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh are both her great, great grandchildren and thus third cousins.

The English 'War of the Roses' is often called the cousins' war to simplify the complex inter-relationships of the combatants.  For instance, Henry VI (Lancaster) was usurped by Edward IV (York) his third cousin twice removed, both being descendants of Edward III.

Consanuinity
The problem of marrying close relatives is an increased likelihood of genetic defects such as cystic fibrosis.  The exact risk of such consanguinity has been difficult to quantify, but where the parents are cousins, the chances of producing an affected children is twice as great as non-related parents.  Present advances is genetic mapping mean that far more factors can now be predicted.

Perhaps the area of greatest concern is in societies where cousin marriage has repeated for many generations.

Happy Cousins Day

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