Using computer modelling which factors in shifting birth rates and family sizes over around 200 years, the group estimates that a typical Briton has 193,000 living cousins – if everyone from first cousin through to sixth cousins are included.
Genetically related populations are genetically related.
Who would have thought it, eh?
I’ve five first cousins (people I share a grandparent with), don’t know the number of second cousins (people I share a great grandparent with) but there’s certainly 50 or more of them out there and so on. using Terry Pratchett’s idea of 30 years being a grandfather 6 th cousin takes us back to a marriage contracted in 1835. and there’s been something of a population explosion since then, only part of which is immigration.
Not, really, a surprising number. Although the story is pretty good PR for the website, they’re good at that, I have to say. They get such a story in every few months…..