(Inspired by the latest GQ thread about n[sup]th[/sup] cousins and removed cousins.) What is the most distant cousin you have a family relationship with? By “family relationship,” I mean the reason you know them is through ordinary family life rather than meeting up through a genealogy site or discovering that your co-worker / neighbour / spouse is actually related to you only after you’ve met. In other words, they (or their parents / grandparents) had to be on your radar as “family” from childhood.
I’ve always been close to a second cousin once removed (I’m the removed one); he’s more like an uncle. I’m also friends with his niece, so my third cousin, and I know other third cousins on that side (descendants of my father’s mother’s father’s parents). I know the names of some of their kids, but since we haven’t met I won’t count the third-cousins-once-removed.