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

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 survivor—a woman of great strength—and I’d like to share her story.
    • At this point, I’ve extracted every Peach I could find on census records for Peterborough, neighboring villages, and even into surrounding counties. Compiling it into an Excel spreadsheet has already been helpful in locating holes and possible leads to follow

 Professional Development

  • ProGen13 —off and running!!! One month into it and I’m really enjoying it. A bit intimidated by the accomplishments of some of my group members, but it’s a wonderful learning opportunity and I can see myself really bonding with all of them over the next year and a half. So far:
    • Reviewed ProGen chapters on Professionalism and Ethics
    • Wrote first draft of my mission statement (harder than it sounds!)
    • Practised citations (thank you BU for making that such a focus!!)
      • Now onto Education and Alternative Careers
  • Pick a genealogy conference to go to this Fall (any suggestions??)

Housekeeping (genealogically speaking)

  • Fixed sources for 3 generations of my ahnentafel and children (per EE)
  • Before the end of the month—  Priority #1
    • Get storage bins or extra file cabinet
    • Buy a notebook and label it “Index”
    • Gather every piece of genealogical paper from stacks around the house
    • And put it all into the storage bins or file cabinet
    • Record every item I stored in bins in my new index notebook
    • Relax because now if I need something I can actually find it!!!!


  • Complete the Collcutt chapter of Turner Collins Genealogy
  •  Write 10 blog articles this month
    • 2 down, 8 more to go!!


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