FamilySearch has a booth a the Pinners Conference this weekend and I was asked to help share some family history ideas. It was fun to put together the display, and I will add more photos when I remember to take them, but I wanted to share one of my favorite projects, and it all came together quite by chance.
I purchased the globe at Micheals, using a coupon (hooray). I knew that I wanted to add pins for the different locations my ancestors are from. However when I got it home and tried putting a pin it was impossible, so I started rummaging through my scrapbooking supplies. I initially thought about adding little wooden hearts, but in the end, I added stars because there were different sizes. I could add larger stars for greater concentration of ancestors. (You can find the stars here). I adhered them with E6000 glue because it was the only kind I had in the drawer and I knew it would work, but if you have something similar or better use that.
FamilySearch has an entire page dedicated to partner apps or different apps that help you in your research, telling your story, etc. Another excellent benefit is that most are free with your FamilySearch account. I found the different locations my ancestors are from using RootsMapper. I logged in, and it automatically connected to my tree and showed me which ancestors are from what countries and cities.
I let the stars dry overnight and was so thrilled with how quickly this project was coming together. In the morning I decided I wanted to add a meaningful quote to this tiny globe that was suddenly becoming something special to me. I search and search the different quotes I have saved over the years, but nothing seemed to fit. Finally, I decided that I would go through the family history bingo cards and see if there was something there. I didn't want to reuse a quote, but I decided to look regardless. The very last quote, number fifty was exactly what I was looking for:
“There are stars whose radiance is visible on Earth though they have long been extinct. There are people whose brilliance continues to light the world even though they are no longer among the living. These lights are particularly bright when the night is dark. They light the way for humankind.” -Hannah Senesh
It was perfect and beautiful.
I quickly made the tag (see the download below) and rushed it to the conference with the other items I will show later. This simple little globe had a greater impact that I anticipated. Perhaps because of its simplicity, but more likely because of the meaning. I kept getting asked questions about Hannah, and I couldn't remember a single thing about her and where I had found the quote. So last night I went home and looked her up, and it all came flooding back, and this tiny little globe took on even greater meaning.
Here is the tiny bio from Goodreads:
"Hannah Szenes was a Hungarian Jew, one of 37 Jews living in Palestine, now Israel, who were trained by the British army to parachute into Yugoslavia during the Second World War in order to help save the Jews of Hungary, who were about to be deported to the German death camp at Auschwitz.
Szenes was arrested at the Hungarian border, imprisoned and tortured, but she refused to reveal details of her mission and was eventually tried and executed by firing squad. She is regarded as a national heroine in Israel, where several streets and a kibbutz are named after her, and her poetry is widely known."
What a remarkable young woman. The quote comes from her diary, and it made me once again appreciate how important it is to write about our thoughts and lives no matter how small or insignificant we think we are. You will never know who you will influence.
So start to finish this project can be done in 1/2 an hour or less once you have all the supplies. I will make one for my children when they start their new homes and have ordered more stars to have on hand to add as needed.
The first download is this double tag that you can just print on cardstock and cut out. They are huge tags, so if you want them smaller just reduce them on your printer.
This png download is in case you want to print directly onto a large shipping tag.