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Description of Second Cousins

People who share the same great-grandparents, and are not first cousins, are defined as second cousins. In other words, they are the children of cousins. See Second Cousins illustration below:

Bob and Emma are second cousins, because they are not siblings, and they are not first cousins, but they share great-grandparents.

Throughout European history, it was common for Princes and Princesses to marry their second cousin to keep the blood blue. However, it is becoming less common in modern society.

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