I’d like to introduce…

Edward George "Ted" Turner

Edward George Turner, known affectionately to his family and friends as Ted, was a kind hearted, gregarious, right jolly English gent, loved by all who knew him. He was born on the 27th of June 1911 at Blake Cottage, Horn Street in Winslow, Buckinghamshire, where his father was employed as head groom to Mr Gosling of Blake House.

And His Lovely Wife…


Miss Phyllis Mary Collins, daughter of William Collins, publican of the George Inn in Winslow, which is where Ted met her one fateful day in the 1930s

Mid-Winter Review of 2011 Genealogy Goals

Life is filled with all sorts of responsibilities and it is difficult sometimes to maintain a balance between commitments and a pastime as time consuming and complex as genealogy. I spent the last three days writing a research paper whose allotted time was three hours (yikes). It is done and I am really pleased with it, but before I move on to the next assignment, I thought it would be a good idea to step back and look at the 2011 genealogy goals I set for myself in this post.

Education & Advancement in Genealogy:

  • Successfully complete the Boston University Genealogical Research Program

This one is going quite well, although I dramatically underestimated the time I would have to commit to it in order to achieve maximum, type A personality, perfection. (why do I do that to myself??) The effort is worth it though, because I’m learning so much, although it does mean my time available for other goals will have to be scaled back.

  • Successfully complete parts II and III of the National Society of Genealogy course

See goal described above…..this is the one of the goals that is already feeling the effects of my love affair with the BU class. Realistically I don’t expect to be able to commit any serious time to my NSG course until May. Maybe not a bad idea, because the next part involves traipsing through cemeteries and, well, I DO live in a snow belt.

  • Become an invaluable member of the Erie Historical Society’s research team (a nice thought)

Well I wouldn’t say I’m invaluable at this point, but Tuesday’s continue to be one of my favorite days of the week!


  • Family trip to England (just a guise for my real purpose, which is to take a genealogy field trip!!) and it’s associated research goals

Yes, the England trip is still happily in the works. I’ve added a sub goal here, to help alleviate a growing sense of foreboding that I may be aiming at getting too much accomplished while I’m on the other side of the pond.

  • New Goal, organize research goals by repository, and do as much prep-work as possible in terms of  locating catalog numbers before I get there.


  • Complete and publish the Turner-Collins Genealogy – a book for my family, near and far

Well………………no time for this at all until at least late Spring, but I do look at it every once in a while, if for no other reason than to prove to myself that I did accomplish something genealogically speaking over the last year – an almost finished first draft!!

  • Write on this blog at least once a week, yup, that’s 52 articles

I don’t know if anyone’s noticed, but I am currently EXCEEDING this goal!!! Thanks to the inspiration provided by <a href=”http://www.geneabloggers.com”target=new>GeneaBloggers</a> and  fellow genealogy bloggers who are all so wonderful!!

And I can’t forget….

General Housekeeping

  • Clean up the source citations for the Turner Collins tree.

This one looks like it’s going to take a gazillion years, and that’s all I’m going to say about it…

  • Move all the custom sentence info into fact notes on Rootsmagic4

Another time intensive cleaning project, but one I feel less stressed about. Fact notes did not carry over to my TNG database very well – entirely due to how I entered them into Rootsmagic4. My bad.

Well there it is. Laying it all out (I really love bullets) makes it seem less overwhelming. And now I’ve got to get busy :-)

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4 comments to Mid-Winter Review of 2011 Genealogy Goals

  • Claire, I don’t think you’ll have any trouble meeting your goals, and then some! You’ll feel so accomplished when they’re complete… type A accomplished!

    Then there’s the England trip to look forward to. I bet summer can’t come fast enough for you, and not just to say goodbye to the harsh winter we’ve had this year. :D

  • Claire

    Thanks Mardi! It has been a long winter…..Feels as if it’s been snowing for years straight….

  • Claire -

    Just saw your comment on my blog and made my way here. Nice website! Love all the info. I’ve been slacking (bad blogger!) but it has been a LONG winter. I’m inspired looking at all you’ve done though. I need to get off my tushy…

    Thanks for the inspiration and I look forward to connecting more.


  • Claire, I think you’re doing a great job toward your goals! I appreciate that you are having to wait until at least May to even start on some of them (I also have to wait until May when I graduate). It would drive a person crazy to try to work on all those goals at once. Besides … if you did that, you would surely be bored for the last half of the year, right? (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!) Good luck, and be proud of all you’ve accomplished so far.

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