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How are you kin to me, again?

Figuring out exactly what relationship you are to someone can be really confusing, however I found a website that has created a handy little “cousin calculator“.

There is a convenient pop-up calculator that you can use online, a downloadable version of that same calculator, and a plain “cousin chart” that requires a little more effort to use.

On a completely different note though…

What about the children of half-siblings?

Are they considered “real” first cousins since their parents don’t share the same mother and father?

Hmm…

This kinship business can get rather confusing…

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Ancestry and Genealogy.com’s response to my email

I made a post about getting a cousin’s phone call awhile back (I enjoyed talking to him and I was really grateful for his call also, but it got me to thinking about online privacy issues), and I stated that I was going to email ancestry and genealogy.com to try and have my real name taken off of my messageboard posts.

Welp, here’s what they said…

(From Ancestry.com)

Recently you requested personal assistance from our on-line support center. Below is a summary of your request and our response.

We will assume your issue has been resolved if we do not hear from you within 72 hours.

Thank you for allowing us to be of service to you.

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We appreciate your message.
Postings on the Message Boards cannot be edited once posted, but you may request that a post you have authored be deleted. To do this, you will want to use our Report Abuse feature.
When viewing the message that you would like to have removed, click on the Report Abuse link above or below the message. Make sure that you are on the specific message for which you would like removed. Mark your reason for objection as Other. In the Comments box explain why you would like your message removed. Then click on the Submit button. Either the board administrator or Message Board Administration Staff will receive your removal request.

If there is anything else with which we might assist you, please let us know.

Member Solutions
Ancestry.com
http://ancestry.custhelp.com

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(From Genealogy.com)

You recently requested assistance from the Support department at Genealogy.com. Thank you for choosing Genealogy.com and allowing us to be of service to you. Below is a summary of your request and our response.

If this issue is not resolved to your satisfaction, you may reopen it within the next 14 days.
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Thank you for allowing us to be of service to you.We appreciate your message.

Find the messge then use the “report abuse” link – this will get you in touch with a message board admin who can help.

If there is anything else with which we might assist you, please let us know.

Member Solutions
Ancestry.com
http://ancestry.custhelp.com

***Evidently, ancestry.com and genealogy.com use the same support center…and are also the same damn company…figures…***

Oh well, guess I’ll give it a try…although I do think that it shouldn’t be this much of a hassle to alter or delete any of my previous posts.

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Twins run in the family…

…too bad I wasn’t informed until an ultrasound confirmed I was carrying more than one baby a year and some odd months ago…

I mean, I knew that I had some twin cousins; I just didn’t know that that meant I had a high chance of conceiving twins, myself.

Apparently, the women on my daddy’s side of the family are so fertile that sometimes they release more than one egg a month…

My Auntie (my daddy’s sister) has a set of fraternal twin boys (living), but I believe she has been pregnant with twins at least two or three times. (I might have to ask her just to be sure, though.) And I remember my Na na telling me something about her twin aunt and uncle…or were they her cousins?

Guess, I have some phone calls to make…

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Sometimes families with weird names do funny things…

…like change-up the spelling of them.

The progenitor of my Douresseau line (a white man from France) spelled his name DuRousseau.

I noticed the spelling begins to vary not long after the (white) DuRousseaus intermarry or procreate with colored people. This is just a personal observation though…

On another note, my Na na has a cousin and a brother (I believe) who spell their name the lazy way lol. Duriso. Then there are others who add or subtract letters (such as in “Dourisseau” or “Douresseaux”). I have gotten into the habit of automatically assuming that anyone with this surname, (no matter what the spelling) with family from Texas or Louisiana, is kin to me. This also applies to people last named Petry or Hendricks.

I wonder what the actual or real stories are behind my family’s many last name variations, anyway?

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And while I’m on the Douresseau side…(part 3)

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Another thanks goes out to H. Douresseau for the pedigree charts. =)

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And while I’m on the Douresseau side…(part 2)

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Special thanks to my cousins H. Douresseau for the pedigree charts and “CJack” for the phone call =)

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And while I’m on the Douresseau side…(part 1)

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Person # 1 on this chart is the same as person # _5_ on chart # _1_

Want to get in contact with me? Go here! =)
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***Yes, there is missing information on this one too, but that will all be attended to as time progresses.***

Again, a special thanks goes out to this website for the html code and to my newfound cousins H. Douresseau and “CJack” for the information they afforded me…

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