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…

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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

Sentimental Sunday: Why Everyone Should Keep a Journal

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I’m taking a Journaling Your Life e-course, which has been all kinds of wonderful even though it only started a week ago. In preparation, I spent a few days digging through boxes, dusty bookshelves, and dark closets, on a quest to find every begun-then-abandoned journal I own, and there are a LOT….. but, back to the point,

tucked inside an old, cast-off (about 75% abandoned ) journal, was a folded bit of teal paper covered in my handwriting. It was dated June 22, 1996 and began with:

“stories from Aunty Helen and Aunty Jeannette…”

I have to say, I have absolutely no memory of this particular conversation with two of my Great Aunts (siblings in my Grandfather’s family of 14 children), and no recollection of having ever heard these stories. And for that, I’m grateful beyond belief that June 1996 was among the few, brief periods when I was (…more)

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[Almost] Wordless Wednesday: Missing my grandparents

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Wordless Wednesday is a daily blogging prompt sponsored by Geneabloggers

Feeling a little listless, lost, and ungrounded tonight. I spend so much time with the dead…poring through the past, trying to reconstruct lives from sometimes nothing more than scraps of barely legible paper…wondering who they were and what they would have wished people could know about  them now. I am so lucky to have had all four of my grandparents in my life for as long as they were. I was so loved. But, I wish I’d asked  them more questions. Not about facts and dates, but rather about their thoughts and the memories of all the little moments in their lives which they would have wanted me to keep safe in my memory for them.  I really want to get it right……Know what I mean? I’m not sure I’m explaining myself, but I want to post their picture before it’s Thursday. I hope (…more)

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Anniversary

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Yikes! A reader alerted me to the fact that today is my (woefully neglected) blog’s 2nd anniversary! Lots of exciting things have been happening lately in my genealogical world, but unfortunately they’ve drawn me away from my beloved Mahoganybox…

A few of the things…..

  • I’m nearly two thirds of the way through the NIGS Certificate in Genealogical research program for American Studies, and it’s been going really REALLY well
  • The processing of 11 Hollinger archival boxes of an Erie family’s personal papers is wrapping up. I’m quite proud of my 35+ page GUIDE FILE, but it’s taken up pretty much all of my time allotted for genealogical writing for the past few months.
  • I’m giving a talk at our genealogy society’s beginner workshop this month, and I want my Powerpoint to be perfect……
  • The ProGen assignment for the last two months has involved Proof Arguments….probably the most time (…more)
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  • I've Started Another Blog (actually 2)

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    I think I read somewhere that I’m not supposed to do this; that it’s hard enough to stay on top of one blog, let alone three. But here’s my logic….

    Mahoganybox.net was created as a tribute to my grandparents and as a means of sharing their family trees and my adventures in researching my British roots from the comfort of my armchair in the United States. Sometimes I talk in general terms the other side of my tree, but I prefer to keep the focus on England. Still, I’ve amassed a wealth of info on my father’s side of the family and I am dying to share it and strike up some conversations with others who might be researching some of my French-Canadian lines. So…..

    I’d like to introduce ErnestNapoleon.net the blog I’ve started in tribute to my paternal grandparents: Ernest Napoleon Varrieur and Elsie Mae Ebert. My grandfather’s roots (…more)

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    One Lovely Blog

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    I woke this morning to the very nice news that I’d received a Lovely Blog Award from Alex over at Winging It Thanks so much Alex!! The genealogy blogging world has been so welcoming! Although I’ve been researching my family history for 30+ years, it’s always been something of a solitary venture. What a pleasure to find a community of fellow addicts!!

    The creativity and talent of geneabloggers never ceases to amaze me. Although I rely on my reader to keep up to date with posts, I still try to sit down for a bit every day to peruse my favorite pages while sipping a cup of coffee.

    Thanks again Alex

    Passing on the love…I’d like to nominate a few of my favorite blogs

    MarDi at A Hoyt Family Genealogy

    Colleen at Leaves and Branches

    (…more)

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