Parish Register Newsletter: March 2015

Welcome to the March parishregister newsletter and now we're a quarter of the way through the year already! For some reason I continue to be amazed at the speed at which each year passes! As is now normal, we have more special offers for you, more interesting sites for you to visit (if you haven't already) and my ramblings at the end, including another healthy recipe!
Don't forget, you can keep in regular contact with us on Facebook  or  Twitter where I'm posting lots of pictures of the East End at the moment! If you 'like' us on Facebook you do need to then click on 'liked' and then click on 'Get notifications' to get all of our posts on your own Facebook page.

Genealogy - a search for the greatest treasures, our ancestors

This Month's Special Offers!!!!

This month our marriage CDs  are now a further £1 off and are only £3.95! To see which ones they are, please click here: Marriages

Merchant Taylors' Company Membership Index 1530 - 1928

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’.
Hand transcribed from the original documents. NOW ONLY £24.95 ! To buy this click here

Compendium CDs 1-5

This is a special offer price for customers who wish to buy our first five Baptism Compendium CDs.

The five CDs comprise volumes 1-60 of the Docklands Ancestors Series of parish register transcriptions.

Please see the itemised descriptions on the individual CDs for a complete list of contents.

Special Offer price: £74.95!! That's just over £1 for each CD!!!!! To snap this up click here: Compendiums

How can one ancestor cause so much TROUBLE ?? 

To search the marriage records click here: Marriages

To search all our baptism records click hereGood luck!

Take a look at our exclusive prints of Thames Watermen! 
ONLY £6 each !!!!

Waterman by London Bridge


Waterman by London Bridge
A hand painting by Grant Osman.

Lighterman on the River Thames

latest waterman in river thames 3 JPG version (1)

Lighterman on the River Thames
A stunning hand painting by Grant Osman!

Lightermen uploading

waterman pic for admin (1)

Lightermen Uploading 

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

Now In Transcription


St Mary Whitechapel 1703 to 1758

St Luke Limehouse 1846-1875

St John Bethnal Green 1837-1891

I finally got it all together. Now where did I put it?

Interesting/Useful Sites
Old Bailey Online - One of my old favourites and one which includes some of my relatives!

Society of Genealogists - Extensive library. You'll find the really committed family historians here.

East London History
The Island History Trust

Thames Foreshore

Historical Directories  An excellent free resource for searching trade directories
Watermen and Lightermen Section: selected CDs

ONLY £5.95

1648 Petition of Watermen for the King.

ONLY £5.95
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, about the arduous job of working on the river. I saw more than one on the internet the other day on sale for £120! NOW ONLY £65 and we've only one left!

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, now with £25 off!

    Thomas Doggett Pictur'd by Walter Leon. 

    This is a rare first edition and an excellent waterman book to add to your collection!

I'm not stuck, I'm ancestrally challenged!





No - yes - maybe - could be - perhaps. Musings of a genealogist

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 RG12/1310 - 1325
Including the areas of Stratford: Custom House also parts of Canning Town & Plaistow.

Census 1891 West Ham Part 2 RG12/1326 - 1342
Including the areas of: Plaistow (part), Canning Town (part), West Ham, Upton, Forest Gate,
East Ham, Manor park, little Ilford, Beckton and North Woolwich.

Whoever said "Seek and Ye shall find" was NOT a genealogist!

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



Medway CD_front_page_product_image 2

To search the entire collection click below:

Trueflare Thames and River Medway single CDs

Trueflare Thames and River Medway compendium CDs

Only a Genealogist regards a step backwards as progress


To browse all of our maps including the Alan Godfrey collection (still at the old price of £2.25) click here: MAPS

The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939–45.

Ann Saunders(editor) 

bomb damage 3  NOW with £50 off!!!!

Atlas of over 100 detailed maps printed in colour, with a 22 page introduction by Dr Robin Woolven. The maps extends roughly from Hammersmith to Woolwich and from Highgate to Sydenham.

WE HAVE ONLY GOT  1 IN STOCK, it is extremely rare, and can only continue to go up in value!


East End Murders:From Jack the Ripper to Ronnie Kray By Neil Storey


True Crime History
EastEndMurders.jpg 2

Tales of London's Docklands by Henry Bradford 

ONLY £4.99

"Tales of London's Docklands" is an anthology of true stories

Voices of Stepney By DEE GORDON 

ONLY £4.99

The book is the unique and fascinating result of many conversations with people who lived and worked in Stepney during 1950 and 1960. 

voices of stepney 2

All of the following East End books are now under £10

Canning Town Voices (Chalford Oral History S.)by Howard Bloch

Newham Dockland (Images of England) by Howard Bloch.

Spitalfields People Talk About The Evacuation

A Bethnal Green Memoir:Recollections of life in the 1930-1950

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

Hackney Memories by Alan Wilson.

Life is lived forwards, but understood backwards

Here are  three  excellent second hand books:

A History of Warfare by John Keegan (paperback) £3 plus £2.70 p&p (uk)

Military Blunders (The how and why of military failure) by Saul David (paperback) £3 plus £2.70 p&p (uk)

Maritime Power and the Struggle for Freedom 1788-1851 by Peter Padfield (paperback) £3 plus p&p (uk)

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

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

Thames Books, all have recently been discounted!

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 

Research Services: email Esme

Ramblings from the Estate

Something really endearing happened to me the other day. I was walking passed the year 2 children as they took their coats off before going into the classroom, as I often do, when one of the girls asked me this; 'Can you come round my house to play?' Unusually this quite straightforward question had me temporarily stumped and very unusually for me I was rendered speechless! Before I knew it the moment had passed and she was in the classroom. An hour and a half later I was walking passed the classroom as the children were filing out to go to play, when the same girl asked me this;'Well at least can you come round for tea?' ' Blimey', I thought. Not wanting to hurt her feelings I said 'maybe, perhaps after the Easter holidays', banking on her forgetting all about it by then. The funny thing is though, I've never taught her before and I must confess I don't even know her name! Sod's law is that now I've said she'll forget all about it, she won't!
I'm now in my final weeks of training for the London marathon, and I'm sure you don't want me to bore you with all the finer points of my training! I have recently, I must admit, been looking quite closely at my fellow runners who seem to form half of the people on the towpath nowadays. You would think, would you not, that running, like walking, is pretty straightforward and an uncomplicated affair. But, you'd be wrong! Look closely next time you're out for a stroll at us runners and you'll see quite an array of running 'styles'! There's one guy I pass regularly who actually runs like a sergeant major-arms rigid to his side, back straight and head up, stiff as a board! Then there's the lesser spotted shuffler; hunched over double, barely lifting his/her feet off the ground, seemingly staring at the ground looking at their feet. Oh, and keep your eye out for arm swingers- these guys an' gals have an exaggerated swing of the arms that results in an exaggerated swing of the hips and knees (which will cause great knee pain further down the line). Then there are the 'bobbers' who work against gravity and spring up and down like gazelles as opposed to using their precious energy to go forwards! There are one group of runners who you can hear approaching from miles away as they slap their feet down hard on the ground, and you won't be surprised to know that I've named this group of masochists the 'foot slappers'! The other group of noisy runners are the 'grunters' who you can also hear long before you can see! In actual fact, grunters are often shufflers as being almost doubled over as you run makes it much harder to breathe and you end up struggling to take on board enough oxygen! I bet you're wondering, then, what kind of runner I am! Well, I can't actually see myself running, except when I catch a brief glimpse of myself in a shop window, but I was filmed recently by an expert who said I actually had a pretty good running style, although my head is a little too far forward and I don't push off enough with my foot, but hey, nobody is perfect...are they? And I'm sure when I get to the end of the marathon I'll be a combination of all of the above!

If you've got a couple of quid to spare and would like to sponsor me and the British Heart Foundation in the London Marathon please click here for my fundraising page

Here's a cake I'm allowed at the moment that won't make me feel guilty when I eat a slice! Chocolate Olive Oil cake-yes a cake with no butter!

And to finish, these cats, dogs and babies will put a smile on your face!

I finally got it all together. Now where did I put it?

Jno and the gang! 


-A Passion For Family History-

© Docklands Ancestors Ltd.