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families on passenger lists - always together?

Whitley Bay

I am trying to find my great Granda and Grandmother and their first child on passenger lists from the UK to Canada in 1912 or 1913. I can not find them at all but I have noticed that on some of the lists I can see what looks like a wife travelling alone - was this normal?

Am I looking at the lists correctly? I can see what could be my great Grandmother on one list and a record for a person who could be my great Granda on another. Did families tend to travel together or did some families travel separately?

The story that has been passed down and my Granda still sticks to is that his parents migrated to Canada on a White Star liner in 1912/13 and they threw flowers overboard when they passed the site where the Titanic sunk. (He goes on to say that they nearly had tickets for the Titanic too???) Anyway they only lasted a few years and came back I assume after the 1st WW and settled in Newcastle. I can find no evidence of this adventure so far.

Robert Edwin Ellis - real name Edwin Mountford Ellis, born 1889
Maud Ellis born 1890
Violet Lily Ellis born 1910

If anyone knows any hints and tips for the passenger list search I would very much appreciate it. Am I right to be looking for them as travelling together - same ship, same list, same class, same page?


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