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The greats & grands…the nibblings, inbetweeners, and zero cousins…and, lest we forget their countless numbers, the most pesky ones of all – the removed.

Do you know what to call all those people in your family tree?

No one really can explain what a 4th cousin, 3 times removed means. Have you ever met anyone who can? But this video does. Watch it, and you can explain family relation ships, too!

Once you view this video, you will become the life of any family dinner, party, get-together, or family reunion.

Go ahead. Call your brother or sister your zero cousin. See what happens. Your knowledge will blow their mind. Introduce a family nibbling to a family inbetweener. You’ll start an instant conversation, no beer or wine required. Demonstrate your mind boggling knowledge and expertise for everyone you know with your ability to explain what a 4th cousin, 3 times removed is. Your family and friends will be stunned and amazed that you didn’t even need a powerpoint presentation.

Here’s a handy crib sheet to keep in your wallet or purse.



Now here’s a little secret of my own. Most genealogists don’t even know about this.

Instead of allowing your divorce to turn you into a rude person, always referring to your divorced husband or wife crudely as your “ex,” why not continue to treasure the love who left you behind for another? After all, we’re just talking a mild adjustment in legal semantics.

First, refer to your “ex” as your “former” spouse instead. That will keep you on a good footing. Now you can embrace the person who married them as your “husband-in-law” or “wife-in-law” !!!

You’ll not only expand your family, you’ll never again have to suffer the loss of family that divorce inflicts. Try it. You’ll like it.


UPDATE: November 24, 2014

Here’s another chart to help and explain.

UPDATE: November 29, 2014

Another chart from another viewpoint.

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Tuesday October 19th, 2021
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Tuesday October 19th, 2021
Stray Leaves Daily

☞Today in Old-West History — On today’s date 119 years ago, Sunday, October 19, 1902, notorious Old-West outlaw & fiddle player James Hardin “Uncle Jim” Younger (1848-1902) met his earthly demise at the age of 54 when he committed suicide by gunshot whilst on parole at Saint Paul, Minnesota.

☞Requiéscant In Pace, Jim Younger.

☞Jim Younger was one of the central figures of a band of the most desperate outlaws the Old West ever knew — the infamous James-Younger Gang, which was formed by Jim’s brother Cole Younger along with Frank & Jesse James.

☞Jim Younger joined the Confederate Army during the War Between the States (1861-1865) & served with Quantrill’s Raiders. In 1864, he was captured by Union troops & was imprisoned until the end of the War.

☞After the War, Younger worked on various ranches until he joined the James-Younger Gang in 1873. When his brother John was killed at Roscoe, Missouri in 1874, Jim left the gang & went out west where he worked on a ranch in San Luis Obispo, California.

☞In 1876, Jim returned to the gang, & on September 7 he participated in a bank robbery that became known as the Great Northfield Minnesota Raid. During that robbery he was shot & captured. The James brothers escaped, but Cole, Jim, & Bob Younger were shot up by a posse, arrested, & sentenced to long terms in the state penitentiary at Stillwater, Minnesota, where they were afforded celebrity status.

☞Jim Younger’s fiddle was one of the few possessions that he was allowed to have with him in prison, & he played it often. As time passed, Jim noticed that a little bird would appear most every day in the window of his jail cell. It seemed as though the bird came to listen whenever Jim played his fiddle. Jim was lonely & he befriended the bird which he named “Swipsy.” The bird would fly into the prison cell & Jim would always try to have crumbs to feed Swipsy. One day, a fellow prisoner killed the little bird just for spite. Jim then painted a picture of Swipsy on the back of his violin to remember his little feathered friend.

☞In 1898, the prison warden allowed the prisoners to throw a Christmas party at his own home, with Cole Younger portraying Santa Claus & Jim Younger playing his fiddle.

☞Paroled in 1901, Jim became engaged to his long-time lover Alix Mueller; however, because of the terms of his parole he couldn’t marry her.

☞On October 19, 1902, after a failed attempt to sell tombstones & then insurance, Jim Younger locked himself in his room, wrote a suicide note to Alix, picked up his revolver, & blew his brains out.

☞In 2013, Jim Younger’s fiddle, which was played by him at the famous 1898 Christmas party at Stillwater Prison, was sold at a Dallas, Texas auction for over $11,000.

☞The left-hand photograph depicts the image of Swipsy the Bird that Jim Younger painted on the back of his fiddle. The right-hand photograph depicts an undated studio portrait of Jim Younger.
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Tuesday October 5th, 2021
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For Drury Woodson James, founder of Paso Robles, CA., and all his descendants, PASO ROBLES FOUNDERS’ DAY 2021. See MoreSee Less