I am always amazed just how small the world is when I find ancestors from two completely separate branches of my tree very close to each other.
I've blogged on many occasions ( A Family That Travels Together- Jan 2013; The One who Stayed Behind-Jul 2012 ) about my Vincent family (Dad's side) that came from England / Channel Islands and settled in Michigan.
In researching this side branch of my family, I discovered that William Hutchings, his wife Alice Munford Hutchings and several of their children emigrated from Oxfordshire, England in 1908. Digging further into their documentation, I was able to discover that they landed in Quebec Canada on 10 Apr 1908.
What shocked me most was the name of the vessel they arrived on: Tunisian. I recognized the name immediately as the same vessel my Vincent ancestors arrived on in 1908.
The Vincents traveled on the Tunisian approx 1 1/2 months later than the Hutchings, arriving in Quebec Canada on 6 Jun 1908. As I've mentioned before they then traveled down the St. Lawrence to Windsor and crossed into Michigan, ultimately ending up in Lansing.
It's fun facts like this that makes me think:
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