I have three siblings of two immediate families that married each other. Is this considered double or triple cousins?

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I know double cousins exist. Is it possible for triple cousins to exist?

Double cousins: Triple siblings married triple siblings

Two immediate families involved are....James and Mary Saul and Christian and Hester Hoover. Three Hoover siblings married three Saul siblings.

I believe this will also affect the DNA connections. 


  * Frank Elmore Saul ancestors descendants
08 May 1871 - 07 Aug 1968
Center Township, Williams, Ohio, United States
* James Monroe Saul more tree ancestors descendants
18 Aug 1841 - 01 Feb 1911
* Mary Rebecca Hoyer more treemore tree ancestors descendants
02 Aug 1843 - 16 Oct 1916
* Gertrude Hoover ancestors descendants
Apr 1882 - 1952
1665386, Hampshire, England
* Christian J Hoover more treemore tree ancestors descendants
05 Jul 1841 - 05 Jun 1924
* Hester Ann Tibbits more tree ancestors descendants
04 Oct 1845 - 10 Jul 1915

Leamon Hoover & Myrtie Saul - this couple not listed on wiki tree yet
Roy Hoover & Joellen Saul - this couple not listed on wike tree yet.
*Frank Elmer Saul and Gertrude Hoover

Thanks, Ellen


in Genealogy Help by Ellen Rice G2G1 (1.1k points)

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Hi Ellen.  I don't agree with Brett on this.  I've never heard the term triple cousins and I don't think such a thing could exist.  We're talking about the children of the triple siblings, the grandchildren of James/Mary and Christian/Hester, right?  Double cousins are called that because they bear the first cousin relationship twice, once through the father's side and once through the mother's side.  There can only be two parents, so I don't see how one could have a cousin relationship three times with another person.  Each of the children of the three sets of siblings would have multiple double-cousin relationships, one with each child of the two sets of siblings of his/her parents.
by Dennis Barton G2G6 Pilot (437k points)
selected by Deb Durham
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This would be Triple First Cousins
by Brett Bayely G2G6 (7.9k points)

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