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

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
Is Thomas Hawes Jr the son of the patriot Thomas Hawes?
Date Goal Source Repository Result
31 Jan 2012 Proof of birth Ancestry Searched Ancestry.com for birth records for Thomas Hawes, 1787 Vassalboro Search produced several family trees, but nothing sourced. There are no online records for Vassalboro.
31 Jan 2012 Proof of birth Familysearch Searched Familysearch.org for Thomas Hawes, born 1787 Vassalboro No online records available for Vassalboro
31 Jan 2012 Birth record American Ancestors Searched database for any record of Thomas Hawes born Maine around 1787 No record in the database.
1 Feb 2012 Birth record Vassalboro Town Clerk Town Clerk, 207-872-2826 The town clerk has no records as early as 1787. Suggested I contact State Archives
1 Feb 2012 Birth record Maine State Archives http://www.maine.gov/sos/arc/ The Archives’ website provides no online access to early Vassalboro records, but suggested that the FHL had filmed everything in the 1950s.
19 Feb 2012 Birth of Thomas Hawes Jr in Vassalboro Ordered FHL film of early Vassalboro births on 1 Feb 2012. FHL film 883,739
Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine computer printout ; births or christenings, 1763-1875
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department
there was no birth of Thomas Hawes, son of anyone, in 1787 in Vassalboro. There were a few Hawes christenings, but they were in the early 1800s.

It looks nicer when printed directly from Rootsmagic5, or when imported into a Word document, but you get the idea.
The other feature I’m already in love with is the new Time Line/Chronology report. Laying facts out in a timeline is one of my favorite tools for helping solve problems in my research. Before this upgrade, I had to rely on Excel, or Word, and the process was time consuming and static. This new feature allows me to include any number of people in the timeline and prints the citations as footnotes or endnotes. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!  Here’s a sample. Again, it looks a little wonky on the blog, but in Rootsmagic5 and Word the results are beautiful.

I’ve no doubt there are a myriad of wonderful enhancements in this new release, but I’m so excited about these two reports, I couldn’t wait to share :-)



  Event Person Place




  Census7 Sumner HAWES living with parents and siblings; China, Kennebec, Maine

14 Sep 1853

  Marriage14 Sumner HAWES and Sarah Jane FREEMAN China, Kennebec, Maine

Ca 1856

  Birth15 Laura A. HAWES Maine

6 Nov 1856

  Death15 Laura A. HAWES Maine

2 Oct 1857

  Birth1617 Franklin H. HAWES China, Kennebec, Maine


  Census18 Thomas HAWES living with son Sumner; China, Kennebec, Maine


  Census3 Sumner HAWES China, Kennebec, Maine


  Census3 Franklin H. HAWES China, Kennebec, Maine

Ca 1862

  Birth19 Wilson H. HAWES Maine

Ca 1862

  Birth19 Willis C HAWES Maine

Bef Jun 1863

  Military20 Sumner HAWES 19th Maine Regiment. He was discharged before June 1863 when he filled out the draft registration; Maine

12 Oct 1865

  Tax21 Sumner HAWES taxed $1.25 on 2 cattle and 9 sheep ; China, Kennebec, Maine


  Census22 Thomas HAWES living with son Sumner; China, Kennebec, Maine


  Census (fam)22 Sumner HAWES and Sarah Jane FREEMAN China, Kennebec, Maine

27 Dec 1874

  Death5 Thomas HAWES China, Kennebec, Maine

12 Aug 1879

  Birth2325 John Franklin HAWES Maine


  Occupation8 Sumner HAWES farmer; China, Kennebec, Maine


  Census26 John Franklin HAWES Vasselboro, Kennebec, Maine


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2 comments to Technology Tuesday: My Favorite Rootsmagic5 Enhancements

  • Bruce certainly did a superb job with RM 5.0. I think my favorite features are the new timeline report and media handling/tagging. Substantial improvements! I’m also using the research log as well, coupled with Excel and Evernote. Now, I will be a very happy camper with RM’s iPad app is finally released!

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