Dating your fourth cousin

What is a Fourth Cousin?

What is a Fourth Cousin?

A study finds why marrying a close-but-not-too-close cousin is the right move. This website is unusually popular with the pro-cousin marriage crowd. In April of 2009, I published a list on. And for the 7+ years since, thousands of people still read it every month. So go start shaking those branches on the other side of the family tree and see what falls out.

You avoid the inbreeding risks of closer cousins, dating your fourth cousin your genes are just close enough that they naturally work well together. And as a result, marriages between third and fourth cousins produce more children and grandchildren than other couples. A third cousin is someone who only shares great great grandparents with you. Your fourth cousin only shares your great great great grandparents. Not that I want to marry any of them, I promise; just to illustrate the point.

We agree you should marry your cousin. Lee… and Jerry Lee Lewis. Look, there are some low cards in that deck, but the point stands.

Is it wrong to date your 4th cousin?

- Blurtit Is It Wrong To Date Your 4th Cousin? Morally, it is probably wrong as there is some sort of family connection involved which is a dangerous path to follow in all cases.

“My Cousin, My Love” Is It Bad? - by Doc Willie Ong # 161

Do 4th cousins share DNA?

When people ask if two people are “blood related”, what they might be asking is if fourth cousins share DNA. You will only share DNA with about 50% of your possibly 940 4th cousins. This is because we don’t actually share DNA with all of our relatives.

What is a 4th – 6th cousin on 23andMe?

When looking at a DNA match who is put under the guise as a “4th – 6th cousin” it is vital to look specifically at the exact amount of DNA you share with that person. The measurement of DNA you share with cousins will be listed in AncestryDNA in cM’s (centimorgans) and on 23andMe as percentages (also cM’s). See what is a centimorgan.

How is a fourth cousin related to a great great grandparent?

Another way to think about it is that a fourth cousin is descended from a sibling of your great-great grandparent. The image below shows an example of fourth cousins. The “ancestors” are Abel and Maria.


Is it possible to avoid dating a distant cousin?

It may even be difficult to avoid dating a distant cousin, depending on where you live. My family tree is replete with people who married their first cousin during the eighteenth century. This was before modern transportation.

Should I have kids with my 4th cousin?

So, even if you decide to have kids with your fourth cousin, it is highly unlikely that they would turn out abnormal. And thats my genetic lecture for the day! Is this still revelant? Heres a bit that helps. I know my grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother and all of the children they had.

Is it okay to date a 3rd cousin?

IMO it’s fine to date a third cousin. It’s unlikely you’ve ever even met anyone they consider themselves related to. Second cousin is more iffy, but still probably okay. First cousin is a soft no. Sibling is a firm hell no. I have been doing genealogy for about six years. In that time, I have met a number of other family history enthusiasts.

Is it morally wrong to have a child with your cousin?

No its not morally wrong, they are so far removed genetically its highly unlikely they will have kids with genetic defects. That is even rare if first cousins marry and have kids. Marriage to cousins is not illegal in the states.

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