In the comments in an entry below a fellow journaller joked, "Have you settled your case with the Ferris Wheel people?" He was light heartedly noting that I bear a famous name: Ferris. I used to cringe at Ferris Wheel jokes, but then realized, "Hey, I am a member of a famous family. Relish it and enjoy it." So I answer the joke by saying, "Hey I don't sue family members, and George Washington Gale Ferris is a cousin of mine."
His placeement on the Ferris geneological chart is 5,1,1,5,4,9,9 and mine is 184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.1.1. That makes us SIXTH Cousins THRICE removed.
George invented the Ferris Wheel for the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. All modern Ferris wheels from kiddie rides at the carnival on your street corner to the Giant wheel looming over London today trace their geneology to his creation, and like George and I, are cousins.
George and I are both descendants of Jeffery Ferris who came to America from England.
You number your cousins, first, second, third...to sixth, by counting the generations back to your common ancestor and subtracting two. In other words, if your cousin and you have a common grandparent, you're third generation or First cousins. George is 8 generations removed from Jefferey. I am 11 generations removed, so we are three generation different, thus we are sixth cousins thrice (3 times) removed. Simple?
And this final note is ironic: I hate Ferris wheels and will not ride on them.