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

Ammanuensis Monday: 1766 Will of John Denchfield (part of a series)

1766 denchfield

John Denchfield made the following will on 4 December 1766 and, 11 years later on 4 January 1777, he added a clause regarding his wife Mary. The evidence from this document provides an important clue to solving the John Denchfield/Mary Gurney mystery I wrote about previously here. The will was proved on 6 December 1788.

In The name of God Amen I John Denchfield Elder

of Northmarston in the County of Bucks being in perfect

Mind and Memory do make and Ordain this my Last Will

and Testament. First of all I Give and reccomend my Soul

into the hands of Almighty God hopeing to be Saved by

his Mercy and the Merits of our Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ

And my Body to the Earth to be Buried in a Christian like and

Decent manner at the discretion of my Executor hereinafter

named:  And as Touching that Little worldly (…more)

Time to take a breath...


I finished the Boston University Certificate of Genealogical Research program last night!!!! It’s been a hectic and at times stressful 14 weeks but I’m so glad I did it. I’ve learned so much, discovered areas I’m weak in and need to improve, seen how citations are REALLY supposed to look (!), and feel ready to tackle the long process of becoming a certified professional genealogist.

In no particular order, here are some to-do list items I’m hoping to tackle sooner rather than later. (My immediate goal is to keep the momentum going now that the BU program is behind me):

  • Become a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists DONE!!!
  • Join the Great Lakes Chapter of the APG
  • Get on the waiting list for a ProGen study group (Just emailed the coordinator!!!!)
  • Blog three times a week
  • Complete NGS home study lessons 7&8 by June 1st.
  • Increase my Erie (…more)