Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

5/9/2009

Cousin marriages in genealogy

In family history, one may find a myriad of marriages and relationships that may be astonishing, or even embarrassing to some. The initial discovery that cousins, on the same side of the family, were married may make some family researchers want to rewrite the past. However, according to an article, published in 2003, by Richard Conniff for DiscoverMagazine.com, “this phobia is distinctly American, a heritage of early evolutionists with misguided notions about the upward march of human societies. Their fear was that cousin marriages would cause us to breed our way back to frontier savagery—or worse”. for more click here

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