Ruth's Genealogy

“I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” -Abraham Lincoln

… does his brother become your great-uncle?

My great-grandfather John Thomas Stanley was adopted. Does that make his brother, Henry Thomas Fair, my great-uncle?

Henry Thomas Fair was adopted by the sister and brother-in-law of John Thomas Stanley’s adoptive mother. According to my RootsMagic program, that makes him my first cousin 3 times removed!

One thought on “If a child is adopted and becomes your great-grandfather…

  1. John says:

    Henry Thomas Fair appears to have been his own cousin…which is a lot easier than being your own grandpa.

    Note: The brother of a great grandfather is a great great uncle. (Or “second great uncle,” if you wish)

    (brother of your father – uncle)
    (brother of your grandfather – great uncle)


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