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

Autumn Review: It's Been a Busy Few Months


  • Following the Land records last month helped with my understanding of the kinships of the Denchfields, in what seems to be turning into a one-name study of this family in Buckinghamshire for the period of 1550–1850.
  • Inspired by an email from a fellow Bucks/Oxford researcher, I’ve decided to take a fresh look at another one of the more complex families in my tree: the Collcutts of Oxford City. Stay tuned for the start of that series later this week!

Professional Development

  • ProGen13 is going well. We just finished chapters of essential libraries and copyright issues. I love my study group!!!! Learning lots.
  • I attended the North Hills Genealogy Conference in nearby Pittsburgh. Elissa Powell was the host and Doctor Tom Jones was the featured speaker: his talks on inferential genealogy and locating lost ancestors were entertaining and informative. It was great to meet up with some fellow BU graduates as well!!!
  • My coursework at the National Institute of Genealogical Studies is coming along. I’ve completed five courses:
    • Methodology I
    • US Land Records
    • US Religious Records–part 1
    • Internet Resources
    • Family History Library and the New FamilySearch

This week I started:

    • US Census Records
    • US Vital Records
    • Methodology II

To earn a Certificate in American Genealogical Studies, I need to complete 40 courses, so still a ways to go…..


  • I’ve rewritten the source citations for 3 generations on the Turner Collins branches of my tree. Very.Slow.Going.
  • I got my new desk organized, and the file drawers are organized!!!!!
  • I cataloged all my genealogy books on LibraryThing.com


  • I wrote 12 blog posts in November. Feeling quite good about that :)
  • Began writing a chronology and genealogical sketch of the Reed family of McKean, PA, for the archivist at the Erie County Historical Society. They were gentleman farmers and teachers who came to northwest PA from Connecticut in the 1850s. Very interesting bunch!
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