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

Wordless Wednesday - Elsie Mae (Ebert) Varrieur

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Miss Elsie Mae Ebert

7 April 1914-12 January 1999

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Tech Tuesday: My Growing Love Affair with OneNote


I recently began experimenting with Microsoft OneNote and wrote about my first impressions here. Since then, I’ve uploaded some of the templates I’m using for research and they are available here: OneNote Research Templates.

One of my favorite uses for OneNote is laying out a chronology. When faced with a genealogical puzzle, I’ve found the best way for me to see what I know and where the holes are is to organize my facts into a chronological list. Once that’s done, I fill in gaps, connect relevant facts, and chip away until I find a solution, or at least see a path for further research. I’m partial to highlighters in different colors, and my favorite research pen is the kind that has four different colored inks built into it.

Sometimes the problem carries on over months, or even years. When that happens, (…more)

#31WBGB Interlinking Blog Posts


Another great topic from 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog!

The benefits of forward and backward linking of related blog posts:

  • Offers readers an easy way to navigate to posts with a similar theme- and navigation is everything
  • Or, in  my case, links posts which are parts of a series (e.g. the never ending saga of my beloved Denchfields!)
  • Gives a sense of cohesiveness to blogs which cover a wide variety of topics
  • It is easier for the reader to click on an embedded link, than to select from tags or categories on a sidebar
  • Tags and categories are another way I connect related posts. For the most part, a post falls into one category, but often has a number of tags. I think of the category as a chapter heading, and the tags as a sort of index of ideas or themes.

    When writing a post, I (…more)

    Mystery Monday: Just Who Was Mary Denchfield of the Wealds?

    All Saints Parish Church in Wing

    …Mary Denchfield of the Weald Grounds in the parrish of Wing in the County of Bucks Dary Woman Being of Sound mind and perfect memory praised be God for it… made a will on 7 January 1733/34. In it, she made arrangements for her nephew Richard Denchfield and her kinswoman Elizabeth Penn to receive 50 shillings apiece following her death, with the bulk of her estate going to her nephew Mathew Denchfield. The record of her burial at Wing’s All Saints Church on 7 March 1734, described her as a “widow from Cotsloe,” a hamlet just west of the village, which is today known as Cottesloe Farm on Cublington Road. 

    All Saints Parish Church in Wing

      But who was she?  

  • If she really was a widow, she made no mention of it in her will, nor did she acknowledge any living children or grandchildren.
  • (…more)
  • Amanuensis Monday: Richard Denchfield of Whitchurch, 1749 ( an ongoing series)

    D fancy letter


     Richard Denchfield, labourer of Whitchurch, wrote a will in 1749, probably from his death bed a day or two before he died in early October. His estate, probated on the 28th of that same month, consisted of no inventory (Note 1). He was survived by his widow, Mary Cheshire, and their only son,  11 year old Thomas. It’s not clear what happened to the widow Mary, although there is a record of a Mary Denchfield marrying Thomas Rickart in Whitchurch in 1752 (Note 2). Richard’s son Thomas grew up to marry Mary Henley on 15 July 1762 and fathered 10 children.  Who was this Richard, labourer of Whitchurch? I suspect he was the son of Richard Denchfield and his first wife Elizabeth, baptized in North Marston on 12 June 1709. That Richard was a farmer in North Marston, likely the son of ironmonger John and Parnell Denchfield. The elder Richard had inherited his father John’s house (…more)

    Will of John Denchfield, 1734 (part of the Denchfield series)

    denchfield mark 1734

    It never ends….any given decade in the 1600s, 1700s, and 1800s finds two, if not more, men named John Denchfield strolling the streets of North Marston, marrying women named Ann, Mary, or Elizabeth, raising sons named John and Richard, involving themselves in church business, land conveyances, marrying daughters named Ann, Elizabeth, and Mary to fellow gentleman farmers,and in the process leaving a paper trail that has confounded Denchfield family historians for hundreds of years. or NOT. Maybe I’m the only one confounded. Maybe to everyone else it’s clear. But the more Denchfield facts I discover, the more confused I become.

    In the 1730s, one such John Denchfield made a living making malt brandy, on propreties he owned in North Marston and Quainton, Bucks. Among family historians, he is thought to be the son of  John Denchfield, ironmonger, whose 1688 will, transcribed here, left property in Quainton to underage son Richard, (…more)

    August Goings-On



  • Analyze Denchfield wills and probate records to determine kinship among the many John and Richard Denchfields of North Marston in the 1600s and 1700s
  • Making some real headway here, and getting lots of palaeography practise to boot. Last week’s thrilling discovery of Mary Denchfield’s will, which proves the connection between her daughter Ann and my GGG grandfather William Baker, may well have been the most satisfying genealogical moment of my year, if not the decade!!
  • The very kind and generous Mike Dewey, of the Buckinghamshire Family History is going to photocopy some land deeds, and possibly some marriage settlements involving the Denchfields. Looking at even more transcribing, abstracting, and analyzing at the end of month, I hope!!!!!!
  • Planning to spend an entire week this month on in depth research of the Peach family of Peterborough, Northants. Miss Laura Jane Peach’s childhood was marred by tragedy. She was (…more)
  • I'm Giving OneNote a Try

    onenote research log

    I’m a diehard fan of Evernote, for all aspects of my life, not just genealogy notes, but I’ve been giving OneNote a serious look this week and I think it might be a real help in keeping my research organized.

    OneNote is a program in the Microsoft Office family (I’m using 2007). The program allows you to create something akin to tabbed notebooks. Each notebook can have any number of tabs, or sections as they’re called. I decided to create a notebook for each family I’m researching. To keep things simple, and to maintain consistency, I created page templates for the different sections of my notebooks:

    Surname tab—Basically an overview of the family name, with general notes as well as a table of contents to get to the sections of the notebook quickly – essentially bookmarks which jump to a specific section, or a certain page (or even a paragraph) within (…more)