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

Blogiversary! It's Been a Great Year!!!!


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 society, doing research for the Archivist there. This weekend I’m attending a conference in Pittsburgh featuring Doctor Tom Jones :-) I loved him as a BU instructor, and I’m really looking forward to meeting him and Elissa Powell in person!!!

What’s Next? More of the same I hope. I’ve got more Denchfield documents to transcribe and analyze. I’ve completed three NIGS classes and just registered for two more starting in November. Some of the research I’m doing for the Erie County Archivist is absolutely fascinating and I’d love to share some of it here. New people to meet…..new conferences to attend. And I really need to put a time table together for applying for certification.  As for blogging goals, 8 posts a month seems realistic – so two a week. Starting now :-)


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