My daughter was looking at some genealogy information online recently and asked me what a sororal nephew was. I didn't know, so I looked it up. A sororal niece or nephew would be your sister's kids. Don't ask me what your brother's kids would be called.
While I was at it, I thought I'd get to the bottom of first cousins, second cousins and the once / twice removed business. I went to genealogy.com and found the information below. I just copied and pasted it but here's a link .
- Cousin (a.k.a "first cousin")
- Your first cousins are the people in your family who have two of
the same grandparents as you. In other words, they are the children
of your aunts and uncles.
- Second Cousin
- Your second cousins are the people in your family who have the same great-grandparents as you., but not the same grandparents.
- Third, Fourth, and Fifth Cousins
- Your third cousins have the same great-great-grandparents, fourth cousins have the same great-great-great-grandparents, and so on.
- When the word "removed" is used to describe a relationship, it indicates
that the two people are from different generations. You and your first
cousins are in the same generation (two generations younger than your
grandparents), so the word "removed" is not used to describe
The words "once removed" mean that there is a difference of one generation. For example, your mother's first cousin is your first cousin, once removed. This is because your mother's first cousin is one generation younger than your grandparents and you are two generations younger than your grandparents. This one-generation difference equals "once removed."
Twice removed means that there is a two-generation difference. You are two generations younger than a first cousin of your grandmother, so you and your grandmother's first cousin are first cousins, twice removed.
I finally understand the once removed bit! Now the next time you're writing a family reunion scene (or playing Trivial Pursuit) you'll be able to wow everyone!