Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday's Faces From the Past ~ Unidentified Men

I know, it's been a while since I have made an appearance. So I figured I would start off by sharing some more unidentified photos from grandma Nancy's photo album.

When she was still living in England grandma Nancy was known to have many Mormon missionary visitors. It is very possible that these are actually photos of some of those visiting missionaries.

If you happen to have missionary ancestors that visited Arnold, Nottinghamshire, England anywhere from 1871-1899, you may know who these fellows are.

Leslie Ann

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday's Tip ~ Email Malware Warning

For more information on this virus click here.

Since we as genealogists look forward to the mail quite often, excited to receive packages and correspondence, I felt that I should bring this to your attention just in case you aren't aware of it.

I received an email that looked just like the image above. (Apparently I received two of them because the one above is from an email account that I don't use.) If you get one of these DO NOT CLINK ON THE LINK that says "Print a shipping Label NOW" like I foolishly did. (Only because I was actually expecting a package!)

When I clicked on that link, it downloaded a zip file to my computer which released a couple of different viruses. I got rid of those alright with Malwarebytes, but when I got a mailer daemon notice refusing to send an email that I supposedly sent I started to freak out.

Apparently my email address was used to send someone else a "Funeral Announcement" Malware. This morning my email address seemed to disappear. I discovered that it was suspended because of this whole mess!

Everything is good to go now. I certainly hope it stays that way.

Leslie Ann

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Those Places Thursday ~ My Childhood Home

Last month I went back home to Pocatello for a couple of weeks. The main reason was because mom sold the house. Times are tough and she just couldn't afford it any longer. I had a bunch off stuff in the basement I needed to go through and get out of there, not to mention helping her get moved out. We moved her in with my brother.

I was in the second grade when we moved into that house. The photo collage above depicts a few of the shots I have of the front of the house.

Left to right:
  1. It was October of 1970. The house was a peach color. I am standing on the porch with little brother. This was the day that I was confirmed.
  2. Not sure when that photo was taken, but it was some time between 1970 and 1974. Mom's corvair in front. I had a frightening experience in that car before we moved to that house.
  3. It was August of 1974. Calvin Buck and Grace Ellen Poulsen Smedley (my paternal grandparents) standing in front.
  4. My maternal grandmother, Blanche Theora Barker Piggott Dunn standing in front. By this time the house was a gold color with brown trim.
  5. Yes, that's me sitting on the front porch. The year was some time between 1995 and 1997. By this time the house was a grey color and sporting a new screen door.
 I wont lie. This was a pretty emotional event, boxing up memories and deciding what to put in the yard sale and what to keep and saying goodbye to the house that built us. What didn't sale went to Goodwill and some stuff went straight to the dump. I was able to ship some of my stuff home and the rest is sitting in my son's basement. I will get it here eventually.

Our house was the neighborhood house, the place to play hide and seek, kick the can, and other outside games. There were many sleep overs out in the back yard. I miss being able to just sleep outside under the stars.

So I guess this is the next stage of my life. When I am able to go back to Idaho, I will no longer be staying with my mom in the house I grew up in, but now I will be the grandma who comes to visit.

The last photo of the "Smedley house".

Leslie Ann

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Those Places Thursday ~ Yorkshire

August 1st was Yorkshire Day. I discovered this holiday from Days of the Year that afternoon. I originally wanted to do a post about it that day, but that wasn't enough time to do a little research on Yorkshire.

In 1974 the Yorkshire Ridings Society discussed the idea of Yorkshire Day and decided on the day August 1 because it was also the anniversary of the Battle of Minden. 

Each year members of the society read a declaration of the integrity of Yorkshire at the four of Bars of York (city gates); namely Bootham Bar, Walmgate Bar, Monk Bar, and Mickelgate Bar. The declaration reads as follows:

"I, (name), being a resident of the [West/North/East] Riding of Yorkshire [or City of York] declare: 

That Yorkshire is three Ridings and the City of York, with these Boundaries of 1134 years standing;
That the address of all places in these Ridings is Yorkshire;

That all persons born therein or resident therein and loyal to the Ridings are Yorkshiremen and women;
That any person or corporate body which deliberately ignores or denies the aforementioned shall forfeit all claim to Yorkshire status.
These declarations made this Yorkshire Day [year]. God Save the Queen!”

There are a few notable Yorkshire folk that you are probably familiar with, but my favorite is Patrick Stewart who was also the subject of one of last year's episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? in the UK. I watched the episode this morning and found it very moving. You should check it out.

Have you ever wondered about Yorkshire Pudding? I thought it was a yummy desert I could dig into with a spoon. It's not. I would call it biscuits and gravy. Well, like anyone else with Yorkshire ancestry I have got to try it at least once.

Watch this chef in action.

If you are keen on making your own Yorkshire Pudding, check out this plethora of recipes

The main reason I am so interested in Yorkshire is because my mysterious 2nd great-grandfather Thomas Cotton Smedley was married to my 2nd great-grandmother in Sheffield, Yorkshire and their son Thomas Joynes was born in Wombwell, Yorkshire.

It turns out that I have a few more ancestors from Yorkshire.
  • Thomas Taylor (1748-1837) & Mary Lee (1751-1830) married in Harthill, Yorkshire. I am just now learning some new information on this couple. I sense a post coming on.
  • William Goforth & Anne Skipwith, immigrant Quaker ancestors from Hull. Anne was the daughter of Willoughby Skipwith and Honora Saunders. Honora Skipwith died 1679 York Castle as a prisoner for being a Quaker.

Let's see if I can find a good Yorkshire Pudding recipe and eat as some of my ancestors. :-)
Leslie Ann


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