I may have mentioned that have been tracing my family history. I recently started putting together the Sowman family web page. As a result of this I've been contacted by the most distant relation I've ever known about. If I've counted correctly, we are eighth cousins. That is, our common ancestor is my Great (x7) Grandfather - a man called John Sulman who was born in 1696.
I call that a good start to the week.
 It was my mother's maiden name and is a good deal easier to trace than "Cross".
 Distant in another way too - he lives in New Zealand.