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

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy WK#11 - Technology

Technology. Always a favorite topic of mine! Much of it mystifies me, at least the nuts and bolts of the inner workings which make the magic of it all possible. But I’m definitely a happy “end-user.” Technology plays a huge part in creating the abundance of genealogically rich information I’ve been able to use in my research this last decade.  I use it every day in my research, especially for records in England.

A few days ago, I stumbled upon a website that provides statistics on surname concentrations by county in England in the 1880s. To test the waters, I typed in Denchfield, and was surprised to learn that toward the end of the 19th century there were more Denchfields living in Oxfordshire than in Buckinghamshire. I had no idea. But it provided a new avenue for research that hadn’t occurred to me before. Perhaps some of my mysteriously absent North Marston Denchfields had migrated to Oxford.

Shortly after making my new discovery (about 20 minutes later actually), I was able to request a search of the surname Denchfield in the Oxfordshire Family History Society’s online parish register database. A day later, the results of that search were emailed to me.  It is a small list of names, with a few bearing similarities to my North Marston clan, especially those from Sonning, Oxfordshire. The analysis will take time, but thanks to the technology of computer databases, the internet, and email, locating the information and getting a copy of it took almost no time at all.

One expecially promising item for my search:

The marriage in Upper Heyford on 22 October 1793 of Richard Denchfield, of North Marston, to Mary Roads.

Could this be the Reverand Richard, son of Purchas and Rebecca Denchfield? The Reverand had matriculated at Magdellan College at Oxford in 1763. His whereabouts for a time were unknown, but he wrote a will in North Marston in 1797, in which he mentions his wife Mary, whose identity has eluded me.

Time and, of course, more exhaustive research will tell, but abundant technology allowed me to take a giant step forward in my Denchfield research this week!

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2 comments to 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy WK#11 – Technology

  • Hallo Claire,

    I would love to know the website you stumbled onto re statistics of surname concentrations by county please!! Like you, I found that many of my Buckinghamshire ancestors had strong links in Oxfordshire too.

    I always enjoy reading your blog, it’s always so interesting and in a way some of what you write about has made me think that you never know, maybe our ancestors are connected somewhere along the way.

    From what you have written here in this post, I’m more convinced than ever!! :-) You mention the marriage of Richard Denchfield to Mary Roads – weeeeell, although I am looking for Read ancestors some of mine have been named as Roads in various documents, sooooooo … if you find this marriage is of your ancestors I might even find Mary Roads is connected to my Reads – fascinating isn’t it!?

    Are you a member of the Buckinghamshire Family History Society? I just received their March journal today and noticed that a new member’s husband’s family are connected to Buckinghamshire through the Denchfield family!! Might be good for you to follow up.

    Kind regards,

    Christine (rootsresearcher at So That’s Where I Get It From)

    • Claire

      Hi Christine! Nice to see your blog is active again! The website is http://gbnames.publicprofiler.org/Surnames.aspx and the information for 1881 comes from the findings of a project based at University College London (UCL) that is investigating the distribution of surnames in Great Britain.

      Interesting about the Roads-Read connection. Your photos of the house in Aston-Clinton have made me wonder if our relatives didn’t at least know each other in the past. I have Reeds in my family history, from Deeping St. James, Lincolnshire.Any connection?

      I am a member of the BFHS, although your comment reminded me I’m probably due to renew…
      Thanks for dropping me a note!!

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