Always count the generations from the common ancestor to the descendants, not from the descendants to the common ancestor. As long as the descendants' generations are parallel, you'll be counting first/second/third/etc. cousins. Once the generations stop being parallel, you start counting once/twice/etc. removed.
Deborah Blankenberg (JewishGen ID #613395)
Researching BLOCH/BLOCK (Germany to New York, Colombia and Missouri), BLINDER (Kishinev to New York via Poland? and Paris), KUSHER/KUSZER (Lodz vicinity to New York via Paris), GOLDSCHMIDT (Germany)