In 1975, I made a momentous decision to emigrate from England to the United States, to marry my husband. For the longest time, I have always assumed I had no family here in the United States - they were all back in England, although I had known that several generations back, one of my ancestors along with some of his children had emigrated to Canada. My branch had stayed in England. I lived with one set of grandparents growing up, with the other set of grandparents living directly across the street. My father literally married the girl next door, or at least the girl across the street. They lived at three and four Western Circle, respectively. As a consequence, I grew up listening to stories of my relatives, most of which, unfortunately, I can't remember.
I do remember my paternal grandmother talking about her grandfather, Thomas Goodband who was a gardener in Trowell, Nottinghamshire, England. My grandmother was very fond of him, and he had quite a few children. Now to the point of my story, FamilySearch is constantly adding more and more record hints to their Family Tree, thanks to the stupendous effort by people who do FamilySearch Indexing, and the resources provided by FamilySearch. I am very familiar with my family tree, and was aware that these record hints are added on a regular basis. Last week I was prompted to go to Thomas's person page and look at his children, which included of course, my great grandmother. Low and behold, on some of my great grandmother's siblings person's pages, there were record hints for the 1910, 1920,and 1930 United States Census among others. My first reaction was, "No Way!". I decided to check them out because the record hints have a 98% accuracy rate - very high. To my astonishment, I discovered nine of his fifteen children had emigrated from England to Michigan, via Ellis Island no less. I was so excited to find so many records and to know I have cousins living in the United States - they are descendants of my great grandmother's brothers and sisters, and are direct descendants of my second great grandfather, Thomas Goodband. Talk about a thrill!
I would tell everybody to check through their record hints on family tree on a regular basis, because new records are added regularly. Many, many thanks to indexers all over the world and to FamilySearch!!