Just found the term "dritter Grad der Blutsverwandtschaft" in a 1793 marriage record of northern Alsace. I know that I can translate this to "third degree or grade of blood relationship", but that does not really help me. Are we talking about second cousins? third cousins?

Added after some reflection: The two men so identified were members of the bride's wedding party, but neither was the groom. I have not seen such identifications in any other records from the era and area. Why would they be added here?


Second cousins would be the "third degree of blood relationship". People who were related more closely than that were not permitted to marry (without special dispensation).


As the above table shows, second cousins were not the only family relationship that would qualify as third degree of blood relationship, but in cases like this it probably means Second cousins, or perhaps Second cousins Once removed.

The ages of the individuals (if provided) might give a better idea about the exact relationship.

  • Your table shows a small number 6 next to "second cousins". Does that relate to this "third degree" that you speak of? Why third and not sixth? What is the convention here? May 8 '18 at 9:01
  • You should look to number near great grandparents.. May 8 '18 at 12:41

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