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Kinship: It's All Relative

by Jackie Smith Arnold

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To my three sons, David Michael Batts,
Charles Howard Batts, and Thomas Alan Batts

In Memory of Charles Howard Batts
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"Where shall I begin, please Your Majesty?" he asked. "Begin at the beginning," the King said, gravely...
               Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland

Robert Frost said, "Home is the place; when you go there, they have to take you in." But home may have many different meanings. To some people it may mean a particular house or town, while to others, home may be a spiritual ideal carried from place to place as if it were an ethereal appendage. One thing is for certain—home, whether concrete or abstract, is always inhabited by relatives; our kin, blood of our blood.
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... One touch of nature makes the whole world kin....
                                                           Shakespeare

Why does kinship matter?

Kinship, degrees, removed! Are you confused, perplexed, or bored when it comes to determining how close your relatives are? And if it's all that confusing, forget it—who cares?
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We pursue it as a hobby and search for it in the most out-of-the-way places . . . yet few of us actually know very much about kinship. For instance, do you know the degree of blood relationship, or consanguinity, between yourself and your first cousins? Between third cousins and second cousins once removed? Do you know anything at all about the removes? Do you understand the difference between a greataunt and a grandaunt? Or between a cousin-german and a cater cousin? And what about double first cousins? If you're a little vague about any of this, then this book is for you. In clear, practical terms it explains everything there is to know about kinship; about agnate and cognate kinship, collateral and fictive kinship, the kinship connection of orphans, foundlings, foster children, and adopted children. Everything! The expanded second edition features new chapters on the subjects of marriage, names, and wills (kinship and the rights of inheritance); an expanded treatment of other subjects, such as degrees of consanguinity and how to calculate blood relationships; and a new glossary, bibliography, and an index. In short, Jackie Arnold's acclaimed Kinship: It's All Relative is now more authoritative than ever.

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