The prompt this week for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is Random Fact.
I was excited about this prompt as I know a random fact about my paternal grandfather, Daniel W. HEISER (1882-1974). But when I re-examined the document, I was in for a surprise.
I found Dan HEISER’s WW2 draft registration several years ago. That’s where the random fact is found: removal of bone in the left forearm.
I always wondered what happened, and how did he do all the things he did if he was missing a bone in his forearm. I figured I’d never find out, though.
I looked at the registration before writing this blog post, and I realized that the second page of the registration wasn’t the second page of my grandfather’s registration.
The man’s height was too short to be my grandfather. Also, his complexion was marked as dark, not the expected ruddy. It wasn’t my grandfather who had the bone removed from his left forearm.
I looked at the registration before and after my grandfather’s and found his actual second page. I am sure this one is his because the handwriting matches, the height is as expected, and the man’s complexion is ruddy.
My grandfather didn’t have a missing bone from his forearm, but he had a scar on his right hand.
This served as a reminder to me that details can be missed and mistakes in research can easily be made. Thanks to Amy Johnson Crow for giving this prompt which lead to a correction in my research.
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