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

Review of the Year So Far

I can’t believe March is here…where did the winter go? (The shortish answer is….we never really had winter, just an odd snow fall or two and a couple brisk weeks of temps in the teens….altogether VERY STRANGE for our little corner of Northwest Pennsylvania)

Genealogically speaking, time has flown. Although I made virtually NO progress on my personal research, I accomplished quite a bit:


  • National Institute for Genealogical Studies
    • I completed Methodology parts 2 &3; US Census Records; US Vital Records; US Migration Patterns; and Researching French Canadian Ancestors.
    • Today I started Methodology part 4; US Cemetery and Mortuary Records; and Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program 1
  • ProGen13
    • Last month we wrote research reports (looking forward to our chat tonight!!)
    • This month the focus is on Editing and Proofreading
  • NGSQ Study Group – I only participated in one chat so far, but I really enjoyed it. So much to learn!!!!
  • Webinars – I really love these and did a bunch.

Volunteer Work

  • I was named the new editor of the Erie Society for Genealogical Research’s quarterly bulletin and just sent this quarter’s issue to the printer!! Writing it was a blast, but dealing with formatting issues in Word 2007 gave me a few (million) new grey hairs :-)
  • I’m cataloguing an addition to the Reed Family Papers for the Archivist at the Erie Historical Society, and the process is a wonderful learning experience, not to mention I’m falling in love with this family through their letters and other bits of ephemera.
  • I’ve been indexing for FamilySearch.org and getting lots of practise deciphering old handwriting. Plus, it’s nice to give back.

Client Work

  • I’ve had some interesting projects, through Genlighten as well as APG work. It’s amazing what mysteries are tucked away in 100-150 year old obituaries!
  • You never know what quirky places research will take you…one on-going project, to prove a kinship to Samuel Clemens, is stalling in that particular direction at the moment, but the family’s unexpected ties to P.T. Barnum and his circus are giving them a big chuckle!





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2 comments to Review of the Year So Far

  • Congrats on your new editor’s gig! How exciting. Good to see how your genealogical timeline is progressing so to speak. It is inspiring to see everything listed nice and neatly. Keep up the great work!

    • Claire

      Thanks Mike! List making can be so cathartic…if only real life were as neat and tidy as a list :-) Any chance I’ll see you at the NGS in Cincinnati this May??

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