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

Treasure Chest Thursday: The Birth Record for Ellen Collcutt (1841)

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This week’s treasure find is the birth record for Ellen Collcutt, born in Jericho, St Thomas, Oxford, Oxfordshire, on 1 October 1841.

It’s special significance for my research, is that Ellen’s mother is named. Prior to getting this certificate from the GRO, I’d had no success locating a marriage record for Ellen’s parents, so I didn’t know Emma’s maiden name. But thanks to this record, and the one for her brother James (they arrived in the mail together) I can now say she was Emma Blake.

James Collcutt and Emma Blake had four children together, included noted Victorian architect Thomas Edward Collcutt. James was the son of William Collcutt and his second wife Jane Evans. You can read more about this family here

(Treasure Chest Thursday is a daily blogging prompt hosted by Geneabloggers. It was originally suggested by Leslie Ann Ballou of Lost Family Treasures) You might (…more)

Tech Tuesday: Frustrations with my Site.....


A reader has drawn my attention to the fact that the genealogy database section of this blog is no longer rendering the information correctly. Big sigh…..sometimes technology is NOT my friend. I suspect, although it’s mostly speculation, that the problems lies in a combination of (1) not having upgraded to the most recent versions of WordPress (what my site is built on) and TNG (my software of choice for housing my genealogy data, and (2) conflicts between WordPress, TNG, and Atahualpa (my beloved WordPress theme).

I am at the NGS conference at the moment; am getting the newest issue of my genealogy society’s quarterly bulletin ready to go to print; and have some fast approaching client deadlines. So……I haven’t the time this week to invest in getting to the root of the problem and figuring out a solution, and I do know that diving headlong into quickie updates of WordPress and (…more)

Surname Saturday: The Ubiquitous Smiths of Lewknor, Oxfordshire

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The more common the name, the more difficult the research can be, and my Smiths of Lewknor are right up there. Thomas Smith, a watercress grower, and his wife Eleanor “Ellen” Holland, raised a large family in Lewknor, Oxfordshire, in the mid 19th century. Smiths had lived in that area for decades, so Thomas’s brothers and cousins were also baptizing, and burying family members in the local church at the same time. There were also Smith families living in the nearby Postcombe, a hamlet so tiny it had no church of its own.

Here are the records of Smith baptisms and burials during the time Thomas and Ellen lived in Lewknor. I’ve taken them from the published parish registers. The next step of course is to order the FHL microfilms to view the parish registers themselves. Births and deaths after the date range here would come from records at (…more)