posted on Apr, 21 2012 @ 01:27 PM
Sure. You married your cousin anyway. If it's not done repeatedly over the generations there's little chance of problems. The hemophilia in the
Russian royal family can be traced to multiple cousin marriages, for example. But the examplle above of the Tudors and Dubya? That's completely
superficial. You, yes YOU are as close a cousin to the Tudors and Bush as they are to each other.
If you back 1,000 years, to, say 1066, the Battle of Hastings. That's 40 generations. That's also a trillion ancestors, 2^40. Obviously the
population of the entire world in 1,000 AD was much less. Estimates say it was about 400 million. I actually have one line I've traced back that far,
proving Prince Charles is my 20th cousin. Every once in awhile you come across a post where someone declares he is related to Charlamagne, who lived
in 800 AD. Well, of course you are. We all are.
The funny thing is, we are ALL related to each other. It's not just Caucasians being related to Europeans. All it takes is one Marco Polo or one Dr.
Livingstone to have progeny in a completely different area, and after a few generations every single member of that area will have a small part of
Marco Polo's genes. It's a fact that anyone not directly from Africa today has Neanderthal genes.
It used to be the case in Italy, for example, that you could tell where someone weas from just by looking at them. There was such a thing as a
"Florentine" face. Since Italy was then a bunch of small city states that tended to stay within themselves, traits began to emerge that were
specific to each state.
Today the chances of that happening are slim because people have access to travel and different cultures so easily. In parts of the West Coast of the
US, for example, the differences between Asian and Caucasian have all but disappeared. The long-established presence of Asians on the West Coast, plus
an influx of war brides from WW II through Vietnam plus the widespread acceptance of such unions means we're into the fourth or even fifth generation
of inter-marriage to the point that it ceases to make much of a difference.
So "marrying your cousin," including your first cousin, isn't going to make much of a difference these days because it won't continue generation
after generation. It just makes it easier for the grandparents to keep track of the grandkids.
And the fact is you're as much a cousin to George Bush as any British royalty. Get over it.