Someone who is more up with stats and ancestry than I might be able to explain these figures:
Barack Obama and Sarah Palin are 10th cousins through a common ancestor, John Smith, a 17th century pastor, according to genealogists.
I assume that tenth cousin means you share one ancestor 10 generations ago. So is that one of two hundred of those alive at that time?
Yers, of course, I know it takes two to tango, but I\’m not au fait with, haven\’t got at my fingertips, how these statistics work out.
Clearly, we\’re all cousins to some extent, being members of the same species. But narrowing it down to a \”nation\”, \”race\” or region and, well, there\’s some level of cousinry that\’s more likely than not isn\’t there?
I don\’t know and would hope that some one can tell me: what is the average level of cousinry in, say, the UK population? Is there a 50/50 break that we\’re the 10th cousins of some other random Brit? 15th cousin? 25 th cousin?
There must be some such number….it\’ll vary between different places, Icelanders are probably, what, all 6 th cousins? 10th? while Brits are more widely sourced, but does anyone actually know?