Parish Register Newsletter: March 2014

Why hello there, and may I present to you  the March parishregister newsletter!  This month we added another St Mary Whitechapel batch of baptism records from 1692-1698. There's now 60 years left before we join up with the baptisms from 1758-1865, then we'll have all of the St Mary baptisms from 1558-1865! Plus, there's more special offers on our compendium CDs which are tremendous value, and it works out that you're getting whole databases for the cost of a single search!

Also, great news about my brother's book, My Ancestors were Thames Watermen; it will soon be back in print with a full colour jacket! I'm pre-ordering some now, so keep an eye out on the site, or Facebook, or Twitter if you want to buy one!

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Don't forget you can keep up to date with new databases and products on our Facebook page, or indeed Twitter, if you like tweeting. We've now got 470 'likes' so come and join us, and let's get up to 500 (I love targets!) and on Twitter we've got a whopping 1858 followers, 2000 here we come!

I'm afraid that if you use our message board I've had to lock the forums for now as it is constantly being bombarded with spam advertising, and until we find a way to stop it, the forums will have to remain locked.

This Month's Special Offer!!!!

These two for less than £15! 

Stepney Parish Registers 
This comprises Docklands Ancestors Series CDs:
Vol 12 St Dunstan Stepney 1839-1844
Vol 16 St Thomas Stepney 1840-1876
Vol 17 St Dunstan Stepney 1816-1822
Vol 18 St Mary Whitechapel 1812-1823
Vol 19 St Dunstan Stepney 1822-1826

Wapping Parish Registers
This comprises Docklands Ancestors CDs:
Vol 1 St Peter, London Docks 1878-1933
Vol 5 St John Wapping 1813-1847
Vol 13 St George in the East 1815-1820
Vol 14 St George in the East 1821-1826

And here's a fantastic bargain!

Compendiums 1-5 which comprise volumes 1-60 of the Docklands Ancestors Series of parish register transcriptions. With each compendium costing about £40 separately, this is incredible value at just £119.99 If you want to see which parishes are included in each compendium just click here: comps

To search the marriage records click here: Marriages

To search all our baptism records click hereGood luck!

To search the 36000 entry Merchant Taylor records 1530-1928 click hereMT

We've  got three new and exclusive prints of Thames watermen available for you to purchase

Waterman by London Bridge


Waterman by London Bridge
A hand painting by Grant Osman.

A waterman dressed in his trade mark red coat with his arm badge on his left shoulder

Lighterman on the River Thames

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Lighterman on the River Thames
Another stunning hand painting by Grant Osman at a great price!

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If you would like to buy any of these prints please click here: Prints

Now In Transcription


St Mary Whitechapel 1698 to 1758

St Luke Limehouse 1846-1875

St John Bethnal Green 1837-1891

Interesting/Useful Sites
One Great Family  Helps you build your family tree (subscription though)

To pay or not to pay a guide to choosing genealogy sites (BBC)

Family History UK worth a browse!

Top ten databases for British Genealogy
Watermen and Lightermen Section

1827 list of Free Watermen which is a 'mini census' of watermen carried out in April 1827 which gives their names and ages. 
5461 entries

1827 list

Transcribed by Jonathan Legon (me)

Birth Register of Contracted Men 1865-1921 (MS22360)

This database gives the first name and surname, the date of birth, or the baptism date, or both, the court session date on which the record was submitted and the place of the baptism or birth, of 1495 watermen between the years 1865 and 1921. The earliest recorded birth is 1816. 

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Transcribed by me again

Apprenticeship Bindings 1688-1692

These are the earliest known surviving
indexes from the original register at Waterman's Hall

My Ancestor Worked On The River Thames A guide to help you find where they worked. 

1628 Admiralty Muster of Watermen


There are some 2,393 names of Watermen;forename, surname, age in 1628/9, number of voyages made, location and notes (such as trumpeter, gunner, boatswain).

1648 Petition of Watermen for the King.


This documentrecords the names of 2,026 watermen from the last year of the reign of Charles I. It was instigated by the Royal Bargemasters, Nowell Warner and Robert Bursey, and written by the clerk to the Company, Thomas Lowe.

The Petition is the vital link between the earlier 1628 Admiralty Muster and the beginnings of the Company's records in 1692.

Also included on the CD are an index to the names, commentary & analysis by James and image samples of the original 350 year old scroll together with a 1673 list of Watermen in the Tower of London

The Company of Watermen & Lightermen : Reassignment Index 1688-1908.


This CD lists some 12,000 apprentices that were reassigned from their original master to another. In some cases to more than one other master.


To browse our entire collection of Watermen CDs, including our apprenticeship records, please click here: Watermen

Watermen Books
under oars 2 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. I saw one on the internet the other day on sale for £120! 

Tales of a Thames Lighterman, by Ernest G Murray.

This book is incredibly rare and this is probably one of the only copies on the market!

Thomas Doggett Pictur'd by Walter Leon. 
This is a rare first edition 


stmarystjosephCatholic records

Click on the above to discover all of the titles in our catholic records collection!


East of London Family History Society

Census 1891 Hackney Part 1.RG12/0179 - 0194.
Covering: Stoke Newington, Stamfod Hill, West Hackney and Hackney

Census 1891 West Ham Part 1

Census 1891 West Ham Part 1 RG12/1310 - 1325

Price: £10.00 

Census 1891 West Ham Part 2

Census 1891 West Ham Part 2 RG12/1326 - 1342

Price: £10.00

Tower Hamlets Marriages & Banns (Vol 1)-Disc3  Holy Trinity Minories 1676 - 1754
Christ Church Spitalfields Banns 1833 - 1861 

Merchant Taylors   Merchant Taylors' Company Membership Index 1530 - 1928 


To buy the CD of the complete database (36000 records) click here: Merchant Taylors' Company Membership Index 1530 - 1928

To search the index click : MT Index


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To search the entire collection click below:

Trueflare Thames and River Medway single CDs

Trueflare Thames and River Medway compendium CDs


To browse all of our maps including the Alan Godfrey collection (still at the old price) click here: MAPS

This map remains our most popular, and at only a fiver plus postage, it's a real bargain!

Ecclesiastical Map-County of London 1903

A Map of the Ecclesiastical Divisions within the County of London 1903 

The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939–45.

Ann Saunders(editor) 

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Atlas of over 100 detailed maps printed in colour, with a 22 page introduction by Dr Robin Woolven. The maps cover an irregular area which extends roughly from Hammersmith to Woolwich and from Highgate to Sydenham.The book is large A3 format and consists of scans of OS maps coloured in at the time by the London County Council showing the levels of destruction in areas. Circles show V1 and V2 strikes.
Hardback, published jointly with London Metropolitan Archives. Publication no 164 (2005) By London Topographical Society

WE HAVE ONLY GOT THIS 1 IN STOCK and it is now extremely rare.

And at under a fiver here is another great bargain:

Middlesex 1611 by John Norden and John Speed

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Rocque's 1745 Survey of London

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Remembering Romford (In Old Photographs) by Brian Evans 

Spitalfields People Talk About The Evacuation

Hackney Memories by Alan Wilson.

Newham Dockland by Howard Bloch.

Canning Town Voices (Chalford Oral History) by Howard Bloch

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

Around Poplar and Limehouse, by Gavin Stirling.

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Dockland Apprentice by David Carpenter.
With 192 pages and 45 illustrations, Dockland Apprentice provides a fascinating insight into what life was like for an apprentice marine engineer within the London Docks during the 1950's


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


Here are  three  excellent second hand books:

A History of Warfare by John Keegan (paperback) £4 plus £2.70 p&p (uk)

Military Blunders (The how and why of military failure) by Saul David (paperback) £4 plus £2.70 p&p (uk)

Maritime Power and the Struggle for Freedom 1788-1851 by Peter Padfield (paperback) £4 plus p&p (uk)

(If you are from outside the UK ask Yvonne about postage charges)

If you would like either of these then please email Yvonne (

Thames Books:

Liquid History:To Commemorate Fifty Years of the Port of London Authority 1909-1959, by Arthur Bryant. 

London from the Thames 

The Port of London 

Thames Shipping 

Thames: Sacred River (Hardcover)

Research Services: If you've come to a dead end, email Esme

Ramblings from the Estate

How about an update on my noisy neighbours! The weekend before last, the Sunday it was, we were subjected to 4 hours of ear bashing from the delinquent downstairs and I could actually feel the vibration of the music in my feet. Then to compound things, the one directly above us played her music all night; yup, all the way through until we got up! So, my tolerance finally exhausted, I went along to our 'neighbourhood office' the following Tuesday. Here I explained the problem, and they noted all of my details and said they would report the problem, as they have done for lots of our neighbours in the past! They didn't explain what would happen next, but, as they say, the proof is in the pudding! Anyway, all was quiet for a couple of days, but that can't have been because they would have received a letter already. However, on Friday, by which time they probably would have received some kind of warning, I could hear her music (the one downstairs) as I was cycling towards the block! With this, I immediately about turned, and pedaled back to the neighbourhood office. They remembered me, and said that one of them had actually been in and apologised (very sincerely I'm sure); I suspect it was the upstairs one! This time the guy suggested I phone the noise abatement people myself, using their phone. I dialed the number and waited, and waited......until after 10 minutes someone answered and told him to dial another number! He did this, but didn't fancy holding the phone to his ear, so he passed it to me. The voice said sorry for keeping me waiting and that I was 1st in the queue. A few minutes later, the apology came again, and again, and again. Half an hour later, I was losing the will to live, still 1st in the queue! By now, it was 5 o'clock and the office was closing; chucking out time! In the nick of time a human being spoke to me, and apologised for the wait-they were short staffed (what one in the office instead of two?) They took my details, and gave me a reference number-wow! Fast forward to Sunday, and bang on queue, the music was back on; fast forward to Monday, on again as I arrived home. So, they've obviously put the fear of God into her-not! So, now instead of the music annoying me, it's also the noise abatement people being so useless compounding my annoyance! Once I've finished this I'll be emailing them and asking them what it feels like to have these people take the Michael out of them!

Up for a challenge? How about making this 'moderately easy' cake from the BBC!

Chocolate and raspberry zebra cake 

This will put a smile on your face! Dancing twins

Finally, some sad news; I've had to pull out of the London Marathon as I haven't managed to overcome my calf and hamstring injuries. However, all is not lost, I'll still be able to keep my place and run it next year. So, if you've you've sponsored me or donated to my charity my fundraising will just carry on over to next year.

Jno and the gang!  


-A Passion For Family History-

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