When I first started doing this and saw that John Adams was a 3C4R cousin, I scratched my head because I didn't have a clue what "removed" meant, but it's actually quite simple. It works like this. Your parents brothers' and sisters' children are your first cousins. If one of your first cousins has a child, the relationship of that child to you is 1st cousin, 1 generation removed (or 1C1R cousin) because they are actually the next generation in your line. If your 1C1R cousin has a child, then this new child is your 1C2R cousin because they are two generations younger (or removed) from you, and so on. David Newhall, fellow researcher, is my 2C1R cousin because I am actually second cousins with his mother (his mother and I share the same great grandfather), so he is one generation removed from me. John Adams is both of our 3C7R cousins because the children of Edward Waldo and Thankful Dimmock were all 3rd cousins with John Adams. Seven generations have passed since that original 3rd cousin relationship. Hope that clears it up a little.
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