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

Why did you decide to create a blog about your family history?


Thomas MacEntee from Geneabloggers posed this question the other day and I think it’s a good one.

The purpose of my blog was threefold:

  • to share knowledge: I wanted a place where I could securely upload my Gedcom file and share the results of 30+ years of research while still maintaining control over the data. Although I’d originally planned on using Rootsmagic4 to create static webpages of my genealogy reports which I could then upload to a page on the blog, Darrin Lythgoe’s The Next Generation (TNG) software turned out to be a much more fluid and functional solution.  TNG is a database which allows users to search my data and filter it any number of ways to create unique reports and see exactly what they’re looking for. With some effort, and Darrin’s infinite patience, WordPress and TNG work seamlessly together. It’s pretty awesome!!!!!
  • to hone my writing skills: I love to (…more)
  • Blogiversary! It's Been a Great Year!!!!

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    Yesterday was the one year anniversary of this blog It’s been a great year! Blogging has given me a chance to delve deeper into palaeography and my beloved Denchfields. Blogging prompts (thanks Thomas and Tonia!!!) have been a creative inspiration and a big help to my writing. I’ve connected with distant cousins from around the world and met some fascinating people on the message boards at Rootschat.com, at the genealogical and family history societies I’ve joined, and through the 2011 Spring Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research program and the ongoing ProGen13 study group. Also can’t forget to mention my fellow bloggers and Twitter co-horts   

    This past year, I’ve enrolled in classes at the National Institute of Genealogical Studies, completed a draft of Turner Collins Genealogy  my family history book, traveled to England for a family vacation/genealogical research fieldtrip, and begun volunteering at the local county history (…more)

    Amanuensis Monday - 1817 Will of Mary Denchfield of Aston Abbotts

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    In the Name of God, Amen I Mary Dench=

    field of the Parish of Aston–Abbots in the County of Bucks

    (and Widow of the late John Denchfield of North–Marston~

    in the same County Dairyman) being weak in Body but

    of sound and perfect memory and Understanding do

    make and declare this to be my last Will and Testament,

    as follows:— I give and bequeath unto my Son ~~

    Richard the Sum of Fourscore Pounds:—I give

    unto my Daughter Elizabeth Fifty Pounds:—I give to

    my Daughter Sarah, the Wife of John Parrott of East~

    Claydon, the Sum of Twenty Pounds:— I give unto my

    Daughter Ann, the Wife of William Baker of North–~

    Marston aforesaid, Forty Pounds:—I give to Susanna

    the Wife of William Curtis (my Daughter) of Denham,

    Forty Pounds:—I give unto my Servant and Grand–

    son John Chantrel, Twenty pounds, all which before=

    mentioned Legacies I desire my (…more)