Family History Tree Memento by Evelyn Jackson
O'Kelley Family Tree

Disclaimer: This tree was drawn in the 1970's based on oral history.  There are a few known discrepancies.  Family members are welcome to submit updates or corrections for our growing family tree.  This tree drawing is a  family memento.

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O'Kelley Name Crest
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This definition of  cousins  was originally extracted from Lavish Smallwood's column, "Out on a Limb" which appears every Sunday in the (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union.

Siblings share a parent. First cousins share a grandparent. Second cousins share a great-grandparent. Third cousins share a great-great  grandparent. Fourth cousins share a great-great-great grandparent and fifth cousins share a great-great-great-great grandparent and so on.  Then comes the problem with cousin removes. If your first cousin has a child, the child becomes your first cousin once removed. The removes seem to create considerable difficulty.  Mrs. Smallwood's article, appearing July 12, 1990, was a review of a book by Jackie Smith Arnold entitled "Kinship, It's All Relative, published by the Genealogical Publishing Co. of Baltimore. The review continues:  A question frequently asked is, "Removed from whom and to where?"

Ms. Arnold says, simply put, removed means that a person belongs to a different kinship generation. A first cousin once removed is one generation removed from the source-a first cousin.   In the "removes" each new generation will continue to be another step removed from the original first cousin relationship. Ask yourself, "who is John to me?" If you know that John's mother is your third cousin, then John is your third cousin once removed....

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