Entry: prodigal reincorporation
Description: A son whose exploits were long forgotten and believed not to be associated with the main family tree members. And then years later his journeys and wanderings are reincorporated into the tree, all the more welcome for being so tardy. When I delved into a box of family photos to find a smiling photo of my William Smith (b 1851) (unlabelled), I knew who he was and this was the proof to say 'welcome home, son'. Various goldmining cousins also fit into this category: one of whom never said where he'd been, only that he had no treasure and no box to put it in.