You know when you are in an engaging conversation and one comment leads to another and then you realize that you have gone away from the original topic and go back to where you started? Well that is how I scrapbook and quite frankly most things in my life, scripture study especially, but I'm okay with that because that is how my life is. So, here's what happened...
Yesterday after I published the blog post about Grandma's scrapbook (see here) I decided that I wanted to attach the scrapbook page and photos on FamilySearch in the memories section for Ronald Dangerfield. I thought it would be a fun for his family to have. I know it would be meaningful to me to find something like this. So I started my search using the obituary. I looked and looked for the Robert James Dangerfield listed with no success. I was sure I had found his family but could not understand why he was not listed with his siblings. So after my first disappointing attempt I called my dad.
Mom and Dad are family history professionals.
By the time I had walked up to Dad's (they live across the street so it's not a far walk) Dad had figured out my problem. The obituary had published Ronald's name incorrectly and he was in fact listed with his siblings. So first lesson learned, have more than one source. I questioned if it would be okay to add the images to Ronald's memories, Dad said he thought Grandma would like that. Not to mention that there was no photo of Ronald currently on FamilySearch. As we were talking about this situation and a few other things my mom came into the office and asked if Ronald was related to Jack P. Dangerfield.
After some digging, we found out the Ronald's father Ernst and Jack's father Benjamin were brothers. So Ronald and Jack were cousins. My dad remembered the Jack had died this past year and found his obituary (which we screen shotted and attached to Jack's memories page), we found that it was the same Jack that had been the scout master when my uncles were in scouts. My mother spoke highly of Jack and I'm excited to find out a little bit more about him from my uncle.
Perhaps another reason this is all so meaningful is that my uncle (in the picture above) was just 13 years old (almost 14) when he died. The same age as young Ronald who knew my paternal grandmother. So both sides of my family knew and were influenced by the Dangerfield family.
I kept thinking about all that I had learned yesterday and it stuck with me this morning as I was preparing today's post and giveaway. At the last minute I decided I wanted to include this as part of my history project. So I printed the photos desired and found that it was too many for one small page. I remembered "Sande's fabulous pocket" ideas (see this download, toward the end of the post) and made a pocket from two pages so that I could add things like how Ronald and Jack are related and few more photos of elements from my Grandmother's scrapbook.
One the other side of the pocket I added the Raymudo portion of the story. Wasn't he a handsome young man? I also incorporated both the RootsTech and FamilySearch logos (that I cut with the silhouette machine) because of all that I'm learning and in honor of the RootsTech conference coming up... and the giveaway.
So there it is. It's not part one of the class prompts and it was a bit of a long, round about way adding this story, but I am so happy that I spent the time today adding this little special moment into my History Project.
For today's a chance to win a spot in the History Project class giveaway (one winner each day) leave a comment with one person, not of your family that you would include in your history project.
Contest ends Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 11:59 mountain standard time. Winner will be announced Monday, January 18, 2016.
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