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

Technology Tuesday: My Favorite Rootsmagic5 Enhancements

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I’ve been using Rootsmagic for a number of years, but just upgraded to the newest version earlier this month. I immediately fell in love with two of the new features.

Research logs are an ongoing battle for me….lately I’ve had great success with OneNote, and for my major, probably-taking-to-me-grave, brickwalls, I’m using Word. But for all the everyday, run of the mill work on whichever ancestor catch’s my fancy when I find myself looking for a change of pace, Rootsmagic’s new Research Log seems to be the ticket.

I did a little work on locating the birth of a potential son of a revolutionary patriot, and recorded the research as I went in the new section of the person’s individual screen. Here’s what it looks like:

Birth of Thomas Hawes Jr For: Thomas HAWES Objective Is Thomas Hawes Jr the son of the patriot Thomas Hawes? Date Goal Source (…more)

New Warwickshire Records and the Howkins Family


It’s always nice to get an email from a previously unknown, distantly related, fellow family history researcher. I got one yesterday, about the Howkins/Hawkins family of Willoughby, Warwickshire. They’re one of my more obscure lines, tying into my Collins and Collcutts of Oxford in the 19th century, and I haven’t done much research on them. (I was in Warwickshire this summer, visiting the castle with my family, but it didn’t occur to me at the time that I had ancestors who’d lived nearby….sigh)

Mary Ann Howkins married boatman Charles Curtis at St Peter le Bailey Church in Oxford City on Valentine’s Day 1842 (Oxfordshire, England, marriage certificate, Charles Curtis & Mary Ann Howkins; 1842, Jan-Feb-Mar, Oxford, Vol. 16:129; General Records Office, Kew, copy held by author).  They would eventually move to Taplow, Bucks, where Charles ran the Clivedon Ferry across the Thames for many years. But before that, the couple lived in (…more)

Tech Tuesday - NeatReceipts and Evernote


The other day I was trying to scan a couple documents for a client, using my normally wonderful HP All-in-One printer with scanner capabilities but my laptop couldn’t find the (dreaded) TWAIN. I really don’t know what TWAIN is, but from time to time my laptop has trouble finding it. The problem normally resolves itself after I shut everything down and reboot.  After three cycles of shut downs and reboots, I was getting nowhere and the time was tick-tocking away on my client deadline, so…..in desperation, I ran to Best Buy and bought a NeatReceipts scanner. I had intended to purchase a FlipPal, but discovered, to my dismay, that  Best Buy doesn’t sell them. I’m pretty happy with NeatReceipts (which I am in NO WAY affiliated with). My laptop had no problem connecting with it, and the scans were clear and my client was happy.

Today, in a rare couple of free (…more)