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Username Post: Ancestry coincidence        (Topic#329222)
RedSquirrel 
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12-11-13 03:06 PM - Post#4090018    

How about this?

DH is well into his ancestry research. He was looking at part of his tree the other day when he noticed that one of the relatives of a particularly uniquely named ancestor had the same surname as his work colleague. The next day DH mentioned this to him, just as a conversation piece. To his amazement, the guy said "oh yes, we have that name in our tree too".

It turns out it was HIS tree DH was looking at, and he and DH are 8th cousins. How freaky is that?

DH just brought home a Christmas card from "cousin Sid".

 
Beth Ann 
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12-11-13 03:13 PM - Post#4090024    
    In response to RedSquirrel

Eighth cousins? I would imagine there are quite a few! But to know it, pretty cool.

 
RedSquirrel 
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12-11-13 03:22 PM - Post#4090026    
    In response to Beth Ann

And what are the chances of finding out that the guy you sit next to at work is one of them?

It's a funny thing, he's a steam hobbyist. Steam engines, steam trains, steam-powered machines. He got DH and me to travel an hour south to the museum that he and his volunteer friends run. I was a bit meh at the thought, but we got there and we were both bowled over. We had no idea that it would be so fascinating. The three of us got on like a house on fire. Even at the time I found it unusual that we would all click so well.

 
Oscar T. Grouch 
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12-11-13 03:43 PM - Post#4090030    
    In response to RedSquirrel

After I got out of college I worked with a guy for a few yards. Knew him professionally for years. One day while taking all my pictures out of one of those sticky albums I pulled out my grandfathers memorial.
I read it.
This guy had been a pallbearer for my grandpa.

Next time I saw him I asked him why?
He had been married to a cousin I had never known.

That was weird.

 
RedSquirrel 
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12-11-13 03:56 PM - Post#4090034    
    In response to Oscar T. Grouch

Those 6 degrees of separation, eh? It's just great when these things come to light.

 
kaleidoscope 
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12-11-13 04:46 PM - Post#4090036    
    In response to RedSquirrel

Cousin Sid.

 
RedSquirrel 
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12-12-13 02:36 AM - Post#4090052    
    In response to kaleidoscope

I know right, straight out of Ice Age!

 
gingersfavorite 
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12-12-13 10:56 AM - Post#4090090    
    In response to RedSquirrel

that is awesome Rosey!

I'll always wonder if the ex and I are related someway back...

 
3 Little Ladies 
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12-12-13 12:53 PM - Post#4090102    
    In response to gingersfavorite

Neat!

 
RedSquirrel 
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12-12-13 12:56 PM - Post#4090104    
    In response to gingersfavorite

It's possible, but less likely. Wright has the same derivation as Smith (my maiden name) - they just mean craftsman, don't they? Shipwright, wheelwright, cartwright, playwright. Goldsmith, blacksmith, silversmith. So not necessarily a blood relationship between the different people with the same name.

Fascinating though, isn't it?

 
buttonscrapper 
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12-12-13 02:03 PM - Post#4090110    
    In response to RedSquirrel

Rosey, how cool to find an 8th cousin!!

I've always wondered if DH and I were somehow related. When I was young, and the area was much smaller, seemed like everytime we met someone new, mom would always tell us we were related to them. My dad and DH's grandparents were from the same small town. I haven't found any evidence of being related, but I haven't exactly researched it either.....

 
RedSquirrel 
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12-12-13 05:07 PM - Post#4090114    
    In response to buttonscrapper

It's quite likely. Until only a few generations ago, most people didn't move far from where they were born, and they married within their village.

My Mum was related to half of her village too. When we've been to the church, she walks through the graveyard saying things like "He was our butcher, my 2nd cousin, the one who brought round the live rabbit during the war and then delivered it the next day, and we couldn't eat it. Oh Mary Maria - she married my great uncle after my great aunt died and took on his child - their children were all named after jockeys. He is buried with both his wives but not his child. They bought a plot for 4 but they buried the first one too shallow" etc. etc. ad infinitum! Some of her stories would make your hair curl but I believe them.

 
kaleidoscope 
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12-12-13 05:49 PM - Post#4090122    
    In response to RedSquirrel

That's funny, Rosey.

 
buttonscrapper 
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12-13-13 03:09 PM - Post#4090174    
    In response to kaleidoscope

The stories we hear from the graveyard!

 
gingersfavorite 
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12-13-13 08:20 PM - Post#4090186    
    In response to buttonscrapper

oh that's a good point Rosey, with the smiths and wrights. I'd never given that much thought before.

 
scrappinmamma 
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12-13-13 09:05 PM - Post#4090194    
    In response to gingersfavorite

Oh my gosh Rosey, that is really neat!

You just never know who you may meet.



 
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