Digitalgypsy66 wrote:Do yourselves a favor and read The Killer Angels this week.
Now that's a great story. Not unbelievable as 2nd marriages were common. Even more when a widower needed help at home with children. That much age difference between father in child is unusual though.
PensFanInDC wrote:Yeah...I was avoiding an unknown number of "Greats" that would go on the beginning. My brother has been really into genealogy recently and apparently "grandparent" can be used as a generic term for anyone 2 generations or more before you. I wasn't being literal....
I've never heard it used as a generic term - not like cousin at least. Where cousin is used for the generic as well as the specific (first cousin, second cousin, etc), grandparent is almost exclusively for the parents of the parents. I.e. paternal and maternal grandparents. Beyond that, it's great-grandparents (8), great-great-grandparents (16), and beyond that you see 3rd great-grandparents (32), 4th great-grandparents (64), 5th great-grandparents (128), etc. used to shorten the space used. The cousin # matches up with 1st cousin:grandparents, 2nd:great, 3rd:great-great, 4th:3rd great, 5th:4th great, etc., for those in the same generation. For different ones, it's back to the last common generation and counting down the number of generations to the newest (generationally) person for the number of times removed. An example, my great-grandfather was a 5th cousin to Richard Nixon, i.e. they share a set of 4th great grandparents, hence that makes me a 5th cousin, 3 times removed.