I knew a guy from my lab 20 years ago that married his first cousin. whether this was a genetic issue or not, it still gave me the creeps. As a result of this all the children started to look alike.
They all had very white hair and the same facial features. I remember years and years ago hearing a story in the states about a husband and wife who had 3 kids who found out they were half siblings..
Now I am sure we are related some place going back, 3, 4th, or even 5th cousins.
Hopefully you will all have fun meeting singles and try out this online dating thing...
My brother used to joke that the parents could take the wrong kids home after church because they couldn't tell them apart. The husband never knew his Dad and was adopted by his moms new husband, he was a product of an affair.. How they found was that an family member brought over some old pictures for the husband (this is after they married and had 3 kids)..
They finally imported some women from the states where this religion is bigger,and as a result the children are starting to look a little more normal. The wife knew her Dad but dad died at a young age.. And this family member had pictures of his dad that were put away, I think his mom passed away and thats why the old pictures were brought to him...
After that it starts to get statistically insignificant really quickly.*One study says 3-4% and 4-7%. I think that it would be tough to have family gatherings, in that situation.
Can you imagine your mom saying, "Hey, aren't you so and so's little boy?? I would think it would only be a problem with a small population and the practice occurring over many generations.My only objection to blood marriages would be to close blood because of the awkwardness if there was a breakdown in the relationship.