I've found many crazy things in researching my 12,000+ person family tree. ONE is... the one I still can't solve - my great-grandpa, Ransom Nichols, went missing for 25 years, AND during that time period also changed his name to Robert "Roy" Doone. His own mother (Mary Teresa Shoemaker-Nichols-Roberts-Harvill-Heaton) and brothers thought he was dead. I found 2 newspaper articles from the 1920's that his mother placed, searching for him after he finished his service in the Canadian Army during WW1. He was NOT Canadian, he was born in Colorado, USA. Neither the Canadian Army, the British Army, nor the United States Army have any record of him, under either name, though he attained the rank of Sergeant. He was also supposed to be a foreman with the mounted police in Bristol, England after being injured in the war. (The Canadian Army would send their wounded to England to heal.) He told his wife and son that he had to change his name and age to enter the Canadian army because he was too young at the time the war began. This was also not true, he was 22 when WW1 started.