Peggy Guiler and Coleen McBroom, second cousins
Family trees intrigue me though I’ve never had the patience to sit down and figure out how to use, not to mention afford, any of the online family tree sites. Perhaps the reason I’m so interested is that I was blessed to know so many of the people in my family tree. Being the only child I attended all the family events because it was easy to take me. I met everyone. I also have fond memories of three grandparents and three great-grandparents.
One of the people in my family tree who loves to keep us on track when it comes to identifying the relationship with other family members is my dear Aunt Jane. She is my mother’s brother’s wife. She now lives in a senior home, unfortunately not remembering much, but she used to have a memory like a steel trap. (She also had the liquid form of cod liver oil which I had to take every morning when I stayed there.) She is the person who taught me about first-cousins-once-removed and such.
Let me see if I can help you a little with the cousin thing like Aunt Jane did with me. If the person is the child of your mother or father’s brother or sister they are your first cousin. If they are the child of that first cousin they are your first cousin once removed. If you have children, then your children and that first cousin’s children are second cousins. If your children’s children and your first cousin’s children have children they are third cousins. Clear as mud, right?
This summer one of my Dad’s cousins (my first-cousin-once-removed) got a bunch of us together from all over the country. She had a lovely map on the wall of how we are all related and we had a wonderful day of figuring out the connection and laughing about great memories we shared of people who were part of our history.
The best part was meeting with my long lost second cousins Coleen and Karen. I hadn’t seen Coleen for over 45 years. We have picked right up where we left off as teenagers. And just so you know, my Dad, Chris Guiler and her mother JoyceMcBroom, were first cousins. Their mothers were sisters, Laura (Christie) Guiler and Myrtle (Christie) MacPherson, daughters of Wilbur Christie and Margaret (Secord) Christie. (Yes, my Grandmother was named after Laura Secord.)
The daughters of Coleen and Karen are my second-cousins-once-removed, and my children and their children are third cousins. Got it?
This blog post is inspired by another post about ancestry by a blogger friend of mine. Her blog can be found at Meeting my Family