Genealogical coincidences

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So, back in 2011, I moved across the country to be as close to my then-fiancée-now-wife as I could get without actually crossing the border into the Unexplored Southern Area. And after I got here, then my mother gets around to telling me that my grandfather Slade was born in Niagara Falls, about 20 minutes from here. Later on, I found out that my great great grandparents Slade were buried in Niagara Falls, so one weekend, we popped by to visit them.We popped by to visit the great great grandparents...

Just this week, I learned that another branch of my family, the Wests, were part of the New England Planters, about 8,000 people who moved from New England to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick starting in 1759 to take up land left unoccupied after the expulsion of the Acadians. And today I learned that the land grant given to my fourth great grandfather, Elijah West, was in Canning, Nova Scotia, just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Acadia University, where I attended. And, to top it off, Acadia University hosts the Planter Studies Centre, with piles of documents which probably contain exactly the documents I need to source the Wests properly. When I think of the time I spent in the archives, never even knowing that my ancestors were hiding there, I could just weep. (In a manly way, of course.)

Which makes me kind of wonder if other people have ended up tripping over their family trees in unexpected places.

WikiTree profile: George Slade
asked in The Tree House by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (170k points)
My good friend once told me that in genealogy there are no coincidences.  My hubby and I met in Sudbury, Ontario.  About 1990, I talked about my Briggs family settling in the Stayner area, so he told me his family (from North Bay) used to take him to visit some relatives in the Stayner area back in the 50's.  About two years ago I did some random photographing in the Stayner Union Cemetery of stones in the which looked like they might be linked to my family.  This is the stone of my 1st cousin 2x removed Art Harvey who married Mildred [Peacock] Grieve She was the widow of his great uncle, John Ardiel Grieve.  As his mother was close to her cousin, this was almost certainly the same family they went to visit in Stayner.

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That's called SERENDIPITY!!!!

Those funny genealogical coincidences...
answered by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (466k points)
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My family had lived in New England for more than three centuries when the Navy sent me to California to fight in the Vietnam war.  I married one of those California girls the Beach Boys were singing about and we decided the California sunshine was preferable to New England winters.  My interest in genealogy began as I found other Californians with my name.  I discovered film director William Wellman was a 5th cousin thrice removed.  The big neon sign with the name Wellman visible from San Francisco Bay located the grocery company named for my 3G-uncle.  Wellman Hall at the University of California was named for a 3rd cousin twice removed.  And the author Jack London was a 4th cousin thrice removed.  WikiTree will show all of us are cousins if we can just see past those brick walls.
answered by AL Wellman G2G4 (4.4k points)
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When I chose my college little did I realize it was in the very same county in Kentucky where my ancestors lived.  This was back before I had any interest in genealogy.  Now that I have done a lot of heavy research on my mother's ancestors I have discovered many of my direct ancestors and cousins from that very same area.
answered by James Stratman G2G6 Mach 6 (60.3k points)

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