I have a strangely tiny family tree…at least in terms of who I know. And I’m not entirely certain how to categorize them.
Both my parents are only children.
I have four sisters, all of whom are childless and past menopause. (I am also childless and sterile. Five women in one family and not ONE child among them… dare ya to find THAT any time soon.)
My maternal grandfather had a sister who died childless.
My maternal grandmother was an only child.
My paternal grandfather was unknown to my father and long dead. If relatives exist, they are so far gone as to be untrackable. My paternal grandmother had two sisters who had children. I do not know these people. I know THEY had children, and I do not know them either.
My question is: who are they to me? I know that my grandmothers’ sisters were my “great” aunts. Who are their children to me? My father’s cousins, I guess…which makes them what to me? And what of their children’s children? What are they to me?
I’m thinking this is where we get into degrees of cousin-ness. 1st, second, third…and levels of removal. But does anyone know the actual breakdown of such relationships?
getting curious about her family tree now that she’s building an estate and has no will…