Parish Register Newsletter: February 2011

Welcome, welcome, one and all to parishregister the home of Watermen and Lightermen, Docklands baptisms and the Merchant Taylors! As usual we've another CD for you and news of compendium 7 which you can pre-order at a discount. Read on!

Searchable Databases

Recently uploaded (in case you haven't been paying attention!) 

St Dunstan Stepney 1629-1641

To search any (or all) of our baptism records please click here: Good luck!

New CD 

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This month:

Volume 79 St Anthony Globe Road, Stepney Baptism Registers 1879-1903 2886 entries

To buy this CD please click here: Volume 79 

Last month: 

Volume 78 St Dunstan, Stepney Baptism Registers 1629-1641 10006 entries

To buy this CD please click here: volume 78

To browse our other single CDs please click here: single CDs


It's that time again, and the release of our latest compendium. This CD comprises volumes 71-80. Just click on the link below to see what these volumes are. As usual, we will give you the opportunity to buy the CD at a reduced price. Normal price will be £49.99 (which is already a saving of £30 plus) and it will be on sale on the site from the end of March. If you pre-order it before then you can have it for £44.99 and we'll send it to you at the end of March. To pre-order please click here: Comp 7

If you think you may have a relative who was a merchant Taylor then don't forget to search our 36000 entry database, just click here: M.T  The index gives the name, date of freedom, method of admission (apprenticeship, patrimony, or redemption), name of master if by apprenticeship, date of election to livery, and 'Remarks' . Alternatively you can purchase the CD by clicking here:  MTCD

Now In Transcription

St George in the East 1877-1893

Christchurch Spitalfields 1843-1875  

St George in the East 1893-1904

St Dunstan Stepney 1680-1689

Other selected products

Everything Watermen and Lightermen 

You can browse all of the Watermen and Lightermen products which are your essential resources for tracing your watermen or lightermen ancestors by clicking here: W&L but here's my selected CDs of interest in this department:

Thames Waterman Collection

This special offer comprises ALL of the published CDs relating to Watermen & Lightermen. It is specifically aimed at those with Waterman & Lighterman ancestors starting out on their family history research.
Included are:
1. My Ancestor was a Thames Waterman: A Guide to Tracing your Thames Waterman & Lighterman Ancestors.

2. Company of Waterman compilation CD 1
which contain:
a) Apprenticeship Bindings Indexes 1692-1908.65,000 entries.
b) Thames Watermen & Lightermen (also wives and widows) pensioners admitted for relief 1794-1837
c) Watermen & Lightermen reassigned to another master during their apprenticeship period 1688-1908.d)Register of licences granted by Corporation of Trinity House to ex-mariners to ply their trade as watermen working on the River Thames 1829-1864

3. Apprenticeship Bindings Indexes 1909-1925.

4. Apprenticeship Bindings Indexes 1925-1949.

5. Watermen in the Navy c1803-1809

6. Admiralty Muster 1628.

7. My Ancestors Worked on the River Thames-ebook by Rob Cottrell.

8. Royal Asylum at Penge 1899: Subscribers & Inmates. Scanned book.

9. 1648 Petition of Watermen for the King. This transcription bridges the gap between the earlier 1628 Admiralty Muster and the beginnings of the Company's archives in 1692.

10. Waterman & Lighterman Archives at the Guildhall Library. The essential listing of all of the publicly accessible archives at the Guildhall Library.

11. My Ancestors Rowed for Doggett’s Coat & Badge Race 1715-2007. This CD lists not only the winners, but the other competitors too. It also explores the history of the race, the life of Thomas Doggett and is lavishly illustrated throughout.

The usual price if bought separately of these above items is £117.90. The Special Offer is priced at £84.95, a saving of £32.95, plus a saving on postage too.

Take it from us folks, if you're starting out in family history and you've discovered you've a Waterman ancestor, don't waste your money buying all the CDs separately, buy this!

To buy this click here: collection

Waterman & Parish Register Special Offer Price: £129.93

East of London Family History Society

Tower Hamlets Marriages & Banns (Vol 1)-Disc 3 

To buy this product please click here: THM&B

Tower Hamlets Burials & MI's (Vol 1) Disc 5

To find out more about this CD or buy it please click here: THB

Crow Lane Burial index 1871-1953 listing 20,000 entries. 

Census 1851 West Ham.HO107/1768.

Census 1891 Hackney Part 1.RG12/0179 - 0194. 

Census 1891 West Ham Part 1 RG12/1310 - 1325

Census 1891 West Ham Part 2 RG12/1326 - 1342 




Catholic Registers

SS. Mary and Joseph, Poplar Roman Catholic Chapel.

Marriages and Baptisms 1818 - 1856

To buy this CD please click here: SSMary

Misc Catholic London District Baptism, Marriages and Burials Vol 1

27 indexed transcriptions of Catholic Parish Registers  in the county of Middlesex

To buy this CD please click here: Catholic 2

The Registers of the Sardinian Embassy Chapel, London, 1772 - 1841(Church of SS Anselm and Cecilia in Holborn). This comprises indexed transcriptions of over 22000 baptisms hitherto unpublished! In total there are 60000 odd entries on this CD, a bargain at £7.95!

To buy this CD please click here: Catholic 3

Misc Catholic London District Transcriptions, Baptisms, Marriages,Confirmations Vol 2

If you would like more details about this CD or you would like to buy it please click here: Catholic 4 

SPECIAL OFFER Compendium CDs 1-5

Docklands Ancestors Parish Register CDs - Compendiums' Department

Docklands Ancestors Parish Register CD Department 

East of London FHS Publications Department 

'Thames & River Medway Series - Compilation CDs'

'Thames & River Medway Series - Single Parish CDs' Rob's now transcribed 85 of these!

Rob's CDs include records of marriages, baptisms, burials and cemetery records, and include parishes such as Greenwich, Gravesend, Dartford, Northfleet, Tilbury, Lambeth, Charlton, East Ham, Deptford, and there are some burial records for St Dunstan Stepney and many, many more....have a look!

Research Srevices: If you've come to a dead end in your research then give Esme an email  at


Map Department

Ecclesiastical Map-County of London 1903

A Map of the Ecclesiastical Divisions within the County of London 1903. 
Parishmap (a bargain at £5)

Map of Middlesex 1611 by by John Norden and John Speed

Black and white print measures 46cms x 58cms. 

£4.95 plus p&p please click here: Middlesex

A Balloon View of London 1851


To buy one for £6.95 (that's £1.55 off!) click here: Balloon


Devastated London - The Bombed City As Seen From A Barrage Balloon


To buy this (folded) map for the bargain price of £4.50 click here: Devastated London


London and Its Environs 1813


Price: £3.95! To buy this map and for more information please London

Rocque's 1745 Survey of London


Price: £7.95 To buy this map and for more information please rocque

To view our comprehensive Alan Godfrey maps collection please Alangodfrey  (still only £2.25)



Book Shop


East Enders' Postcards (Archive Photographs: Images of London)by Brian Girling.


This fascinating collection of over 250 archive postcards explores the communities of Stepney, Poplar and Bethnal Green in the East End of London, before they were amalgamated in 1965 to form the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Bethnal Green (Archive Photographs: Images of London ) by Gary Haines.

This fascinating collection of over 200 archive photographs looks at the changes that have taken place in Bethnal Green from the late nineteenth century to the present day.

The images chronicle eras of hardship and extremity like that of the Second World War, and times of peace and prosperity. Altogether they combine to create a very special record of an area that has experienced a great change over the years, yet has always retained its famous character.

Under Oars: Reminiscences of a Thames Lighterman, 1894-1909, by Harry Harris.

An incredibly rare book, one of the only ones written by a Thames lighterman, about the arduous job of working on the river.

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My Ancestors were Thames Watermen: A Guide to Tracing your Thames Waterman and Lighterman Ancestors,by James Legon. Foreword by Rob Cottrell.


Now in it’s 2nd edition, this book is the starting point for researching your waterman and lighterman ancestors.


If you'd like to browse the rest of the book shop we stock books in the following areas:

London History

Watermen and Lightermen including my brother's excellent book:

My Ancestors were Thames Watermen: A Guide to Tracing your Thames Waterman and Lighterman Ancestors, by James Legon. Foreword by Rob Cottrell.

East End - History/Archive Photograph Books

Rare Books  

One-Off Books (used, all good condition)

If you are interested in buying a rare copy of Men of the Tideway then please email me or Yvonne 

Step By-Step Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors by D.M.Field (£3.50 plus p & p)

The chapels in the Tower of London (The chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula and the Chapel of St.John The Evangelist by The Reverend John F.M.Llewellyn (£3 plus p & p)

These second-hand titles are not on the site so if you would like to buy one please e-mail Yvonne at and payment is by cheque only.



Interesting Sites


The London Burial Grounds - All you ever wanted to know about the burying of our ancestors in London!

The Historical Streets Project - just click on it and you'll find out all about this project from the National Archives

Global Genealogy A genealogical (if there is such a word) treasure trove of resources for all ancestor searchers!

2011 census  this site includes a Lighterman's story for which we supplied the picture! 

Cemetry Records Online

Find a grave




Ramblings from the Council Estate


First of all, as last month, can I say that my thoughts are with all of you in New Zealand at this terrible time.
It's half term, hip hip, hooray, hip, hip, hooray, hip, hip, hooray; oh no, I shouldn't really mention hips, should I mum, although it's too late, I have! (she's waiting on the NZ health service to kindly take out her knackered old ones and give her some shiny new pain-free ones). You know what though, there's a conspiracy afoot between the Highways Agency and the mad woman upstairs. They've somehow got together and had a clandestine meeting to plot a strategy to stop us sleeping in our hard earned week off! It started off on the Saturday, Loopy Loo upstairs started playing her thudding music at during the afternoon, then finally, and mercifully, turned it off at 3 in the morning! She started again the next afternoon, but I could take it no longer, so I stomped upstairs to confront the demon! I'm surprised she could hear my knock but after a while she came to the door. Containing my seething anger, I politely (honestly!)  asked her to turn the 'music' down. You'll never guess what she said, so I'll tell you, she said she just had to go and see to her baby...nothing wrong with that if it were wearing ear plugs, but the thing is, she hasn't got one! Well, it did the trick, she turned it down a few hours later when she went out! To her credit, it's been better since, although I assume the Highways Agency agreed to carry on the good work for her! They're digging up the road, yet again, just to our right and set up a diversion which stacks all the buses up outside our flat. They said it would be finished within a couple of days, but guess what, five days later they're still there! How do they put up with it, I hear you say (metaphorically), well the solution cost £4 and free postage from Amazon, some excellent ear plugs!
Talking about buses, we took a 243 'up west', as they say in Eastenders, to buy something or other, a few weeks ago. It was very nice journey, except it was only one way! There was one of those marches on, so they don't want big red buses squashing youffs all over the road, that would infringe their human rights, and lose votes, so they stop the buses, thus infringing our human right to a ride home! A three mile walk is nothing to me, but for poor old her indoors, it's as good as a marathon, especially with a handbag to carry! Bottom line is, to cut a long story short, she made it, and lived to tell the tale, although, she did manage to catch a bus for the last half mile!
While we're on the theme of transport I thought I'd mention that I'm none too happy with London Underground either! With the weather as it is at the moment, I've only got enough gardening to keep me busy for one Tuesday afternoon a week, so in the morning I teach three whole kids how to write, then pop down to Bethnal Green underground, shoot over to Loughton, pick up the van and get a couple of hours raking in. This has been going to plan recently, and the three kids are getting better at writing (I tell them what to write, they copy it, and their teacher and the head are mightily impressed with their progress-no, only joking!), but the other Tuesday I wasn't so lucky. I finished teaching the last little person, nipped into the loo and came out looking like the jolly green giant (which confused some of the kids), then off I went, cutting through Vicky park and arriving at the station 15 minutes later; down the steps I went only to be confronted by iron gates blocking my way! Something's up here, I pondered, so I about turned, crossed the road and went down that entrance, more iron gates! LU had posted some poor sap at this entrance to keep on parroting 'the whole line is down due to signal failure', so that was that. There was only one thing to do (apart from eat my lunch), about face, back to school and pick on some more little people to pass the time of day with (did I tell you they think I'm a bit mad?).
Where's my recipe, you ask; what is this, her indoor's home recipe site or a serious genealogy venture? I think I know the answer judging from the emails I get from you lot! Now what shall I give you this month, healthy savoury or naughty but nice? Talking about food, that reminds me of a little mis-hap I had a few weeks back, or did I tell you already...about the pizza? I don't think I did, and if I did, here it is again but in note form; cooked the pizza-got one of those round pizza cutters- cut her indoor's pizza into bits- cut mine but pressed down too hard on the lip of the plate-pizza went flying-splat on the floor-picked it up-swapped mine for hers-lovely meal! Now here's your recipe:

Now this recipe may seem a bit of a kafuffle but I have tasted it and it’s worth it!!
225g self raising flour
225g light brown sugar or muscovado sugar
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
225g unsalted butter, melted
4 medium eggs, separated
100ml cooled strong black coffee
75g chopped walnuts
75g milk chocolate chips
150g unsalted butter, melted
*150g set honey
1 ½ tbsp cocoa
300g Light cream cheese
Mixture of chocolate sprinkles
*her indoors is not a lover of honey so replaces the honey with Betty Crockers chocolate fudge icing (she adds enough to suit her taste buds)

  1. Butter and line a 23cm x 30cm traybake tin with greaseproof paper. Heat oven to 190c/170c fan/gas 5.
  2. Sift the flour, sugar and baking powder into a large bowl and add the salt. Add the butter, the egg yolks and coffee and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth.
  3. Whisk the egg whites until stiff in a large bowl using an electric whisk and fold into the mixture in two goes. Stir in the walnuts and choc chips and transfer the mixture to the cake tin. Give the tin several sharp taps on the work surface to allow any air bubbles to rise. Bake for about 30 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Run a knife round the edge and leave to cool
  4. To make the frosting, whizz the butter, honey (or Betty Crocker choc fudge icing) and cocoa in a food processor until moussey. Transfer to a large bowl and blend in the cream cheese a heaped tablespoon at a time.
  5.  Peel away the baking paper and smooth the frosting in a thick layer over the cake, taking it to the edges. Decorate with chocolate sprinkles and refrigerate for about 1 hour. The cake will keep in a covered container for several days.

Fancy looking at some Meerkats!

Have a good March!

All the best

Jonathan and the team, and her indoors!


-A Passion For Family History-

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