"Gegenschwager" translation into English

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Just ran into the term "Gegenschwager" in an old civic record from Alsace. I have heard the term used before colloquially. It describes the relationship between A and D. where A married B, C married D, B and C are siblings, and A and D are not blood-related. It seems an archaic term (possibly of regional usage only), and my internet searches have not brought up any useful translation. (To clarify: A and C are brother-in law /sister- in-law, and the same goes for B and D. A and D are in-laws by proxy, so to speak.) Is there an English term for this relationship?
in Genealogy Help by Gus Gassmann G2G6 Mach 1 (16.9k points)
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gegenschw%C3%A4her

It's your child's father in law. In the plural, the sense is the two fathers-in-law collectively.
"Co-father-in-law" is occasionally used, but not common. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/co-father-in-law

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According to https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/brother-in-law A and D are also brother-in-law / sister-in-law, even though the relationship is one step further away than the "normal" meaning of the term.

by Paul Masini G2G6 Pilot (182k points)
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