[Going backward, the generations that are intervening between yourselves and the common ancestor were, or are..relation to others of their same generation: 2nd cousins, 1st cousins, & then siblings.] But, each of you is a 2nd cousin, once removed from each other's parents [who are in the same generation & second cousins to each other].

The number of times removed only comes into play when discussing the relationship between cousins in different generations.

And, the convention is that the person in the later generation is "so many times removed" from the earlier of the two generations that the cousins are part of.

Counting the Generations All of your siblings and cousins form one generation.

Going backwards in time: your parents and their siblings form another generation; and your grandparents and their siblings make up a another generation, and so on.

Thus, you and your third cousin would be a 3rd cousin, once removed, to each other's children..vice versa.

You would be 3rd cousins, twice removed, of each other's grandchildren..your third cousin's grandchildren would also be 3rd cousins, twice removed from you.

Even documents such as wills may describe people as cousins or brothers when they were, in fact, no such thing - they may legitimately be half-brothers or related solely through marriage, rather than "by blood".

Even today the phrase 'uncle' or 'aunt' can be used as a term of endearment to describe someone who is not an uncle or maybe not be related by blood or marriage...someone who would be more accurately described as a 'close family friend'.

But you probably had the same experience that many of us had, while growing up..is, you found out, after many years, that your beloved "uncle" was really your cousin, or your great-uncle, ornot "family" at all!

Do you want to know what you really should have called him or how he was actually related to you?

Family Tree Symbols Certain symbols or abbreviations are typically used to denote relationships between family members, and as well as other information, in genealogy or on the family tree.