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    am I using this word correctly?

    Jerry is my first cousin on my mothers' side of the family. or
    Jerry is my first cousin on my mother side of the family. or
    Jerry is my first cousin on my mother's side of the family.

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    Re: am I using this word correctly?

    Jerry is my first cousin on my mothers' side of the family. How many mothers do you have? LOL.

    I think the third option is the best.

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    Re: am I using this word correctly?

    Ridicule is not necessary, aous02, you were a learner at that level once too.

    ...my mother's side... is correct.

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