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    How many first cousins do you have?

    I have 34 first cousins (28 on my father's side and 6 on my mother's side) and more than 200 second cousins. According to 23andme, Europeans have on average 7.5 first cousins and 38 second cousins :

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    I have 6 on my dad's side. There's none on my mom's side unless you look at her biological half-siblings since she was adopted then I have about another 5.

    It's too bad we can't gather birth dates with this poll as well, it would be an interesting graph. My daughter has 4 cousins and that will be it for her but my dad has about a dozen as well but my mother's family was Italian and she probably has a few score cousins.
    Last edited by Osiris; 08-22-2017 at 08:34 PM. Reason: Forgot a cousin! How embarassing.

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    I have zero first cousins since both my parents were only children but the previous generation has given me many second cousins. On my dads side a family of 11 and 8 gives me about 80+ second cousins, (including one lady on 23&me who is private). On my mums side with two generations of smaller families or no children, l have just 7.
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    I also have none, plus my paternal grandfather was also an only child.
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    My known cousins (paper trail):
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    I had 20 first cousins. Twenty years ago I could have said that 19 of them still lived in the county of Norfolk. However, today, some of them have passed away, and some others have emigrated to Australia.

    We haven't all been that close though, and I could bump into some cousins and not know them. I met my Scottish born partner anonymously through online dating a year ago. It turned out that she is the widow of one of my cousin's. A bizarre and weird coincidence, but we didn't know each other at all.

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    Paternal side - Two, the children of my aunt. My uncle died as a child in the 1980s so never had kids of his own.
    Maternal side - Four full first cousins, the children of my aunt. My uncle never had children. I do have an half-uncle and an uncle who my grandfather adopted (he was the son of my grandad's second wife) - my half-uncle has two children and my uncle via adoption also has two.

    So, ten if I count all of the above (my uncle via adoption and his children are considered relatives completely in our family even if not genetically related).

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    Of my generation (so not counting 1st cousins once removed etc.) I have

    4 1st cousins born in the 1950's and 1960's
    242 2nd cousins - This figure should be complete.

    I have been trying to trace all my 3rd cousins of my generation for 20 years now and it's really hard to do. So far I have only found 240 of them.
    Last edited by Earl Davis; 08-23-2017 at 08:14 AM.

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    I did an exercise some time ago to see how large our family had become just on people from the 20th and 21st century. Apart from the very first generation the majority of these people are still alive. These are the stats for my uncles, aunts and great uncles and aunts down so these numbers are the descendants of the people I know or knew personally.

    Paternal Grandfather - 61 descendants of himself and his siblings
    Paternal Grandmother - 235
    Maternal Grandfather - 122
    Maternal Grandmother - 399

    My mother has 57 1st cousins and my father has 37.

    For my wife the numbers are

    Paternal Grandfather - 156 descendants of himself and his siblings
    Paternal Grandmother - 76
    Maternal Grandfather - 59
    Maternal Grandmother - 23

    So on this small sample of 20th century originating families the largest family is 399 and the smallest just 23. The family with 399 descendants is getting hard to keep on top of now. Some of my 2nd cousins have great grandchildren now and it's hard to keep upto date.

    I also like considering the impacts of some of the massive family expansions of the 19th century. I was researching one man from my wife's family who lived in a small village in the 19th century. He was the village blacksmith and had moved there from another small village about 8 miles away. He married and had 11 children. Most of them had large families and he ended up with 101 grandchildren. I had seen other large families in the 19th century so I did not think that much about it until you consider this all happened in a short amount of time in a small village of only a few hundred people. The family went from being newcomers to being a significant % of the village population in just two generations.

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    I am just looking at the largest and smallest of the 8 families above.

    In the largest family
    Gen 1: 13 siblings including my Grandmother.
    Gen 2: 40 1st cousins including my mother
    Gen 3: 108 2nd cousins including me

    The above three generations are 100% complete and no one new born to Gen 3 in over 25 years.

    Gen 4: 170 3rd cousins including my own children. Some stragglers are still being born in this generation and I may be missing some from born in the last couple of years.
    Gen 5: 66 4th cousins. This generations is still very much in progress. Recently it seems new family members are being born every couple of months and I am sure I am not keeping up well with the additions anymore and are increasing loosing contact with some family at this point.
    Gen 6: just 1 person born so far in what will be my great grandchildren's generation

    In contrast in the smallest family.

    Gen 1: 5 siblings. 1 infant death, 2 married but had no children, 1 married had a child who died and one had 7 children
    Gen 2: 8 people. 7 siblings and their 1st cousin who died in infancy.
    Gen 3: 4 people. My wife's generation. She has no 2nd cousins from this family. 5 of the 7 siblings above never had children and the two that did only had 2 each so the family halves in size during generation 3.
    Gen 4: 5 people. My children's generation. Of the 4 people in generation 3, one had no children, two only had 1 child each and the other had 3 but one died
    Gen 5: 0 people. As the only person in generation 1 to have surviving children was one of the younger generation 5 has not even started yet but there are only 4 people left in generation 4 to carry it forward. Unless one of them has a large family against the current trend for smaller families this family may be no bigger in 25 years time than it is now. In contrast the larger family may be having 100 to 200 new additions in the next 25 years.

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