Parish Register Newsletter: January 2006
Originally delivered to subscribers on: 04/01/06


Dear Subscriber

Welcome to the January ParishRegister newsletter and a happy new year to you all. Not much gardening work at this time of year, so I've been busy with all sorts of things lately. A wealth of material to do with watermen and lightermen has been added to the site.

Online Searchable Databases

This is the progress of transcriptions underway and uploaded to the online searchable databases:

St Dunstan, Stepney, baptisms, 1816-1826, approx 10,500 entries.80% of entries are now live. Lots of entries from Shadwell, Ratcliff, Limehouse, Wapping and Poplar.

St Mary Whitechapel, baptisms, 1812-1823, approx 6,847 entries NOW COMPLETE. 1792-1812 will follow very shortly. And then we'll get started on post 1823 entries.

I'm waiting for the film of St Mary Newington, Southwark ( 1829-1837 ) to arrive. First entries will on the site in February.

I know I said Greenwich was on the list to do next, but 3 Greenwich parishes will appear in connection with incorporating the Thames & River Medway Series onto the site. These are Christchurch, St Peter and St Andrew.

After these, we're probably going to concentrate on further All Saints Poplar, St Mary Whitechapel and St George in the East transcriptions.

But this is where you'll hear about things first! Do keep your requests coming in though.

Click here to search the databases now

New Docklands Ancestors CDs
Volume 17.St Dunstan,Stepney. Baptisms Registers; 1816-1822.5,592entries,fully searchable,CD-ROM in easy to use Adobe Acrobat .pdf format,(supplied).Transcribed by Beryl & John Powell.Published by Docklands Ancestors Ltd.
Price: £5.95 P & P in UK: £1.00 P & P Overseas: £2.00

Volume 18.St Mary, Whitechapel.Baptisms Registers.1813-1823.6,847 entries,fully indexed.CD-ROM in Adobe Acrobat format (supplied).Transcribed by Jim Sheppard.Published by Docklands Ancestors Ltd.
Price: £5.95 P & P in UK: £1.00 P & P Overseas: £2.00

Click here to buy this CD
Image Special Offers

All 17 Docklands Ancestors Cd-Roms.
St Peter's, London Docks;St Mary Newington,Southwark;St Paul,Shadwell;St James,Ratcliff;St John,Wapping;St Anne,Limehouse.St Peter,Limehouse,St Luke Millwall,Christ Church,Isle of Dogs,All Saints Poplar (parts 1&2),St John Cubbitt Town,St Dunstan Stepney, St Thomas Stepney, St George in the East (parts 1&2) and St Dunstan, Stepney. Baptisms Registers, except Vol 12 St Dunstan Stepney (burials)
Special offer price: £49.99
Normal price:17x£5.95=£101.15.Save £51.16 on RRP.( That's less than half price!).
( We are offering free postage because the package now comes as 1 cd, which saves you a fortune in postage )

Click here to take advantage of this Special Offer

New Thames Riverside titles
Volume 70.St.Mary Magdalene Cobham 1760-1851 baptisms, marriages & burisls (2 microfiche). Transcribed by Rob Cottrell. Published by Trueflare Ltd.
£2.95 UK p+p 0.60 Overseas £1.30
Click here to buy these microfiche
Product Review

Image Routledge’s Popular Guide to London

This is the "New edition, Revised and Improved" of Circa 1875. An earlier edition was used by Samuel Clemens on his first visit to London in 1872. In addition to containing the full 198 page text of the book, the CD contains scans of the other contents of the book - a map of London, 16 pages of illustrations, 13 pages of advertisements and a 4 page index. Find out about the London your ancestors knew nearly 130 years ago.

The first thing that struck me about this Jigrah Resources cd is the packaging. Sturdy PVC is a better solution than plastic jewel cases which have a habit of losing pieces.
The product description is accurate and the instructions for use clear. The quality of the scanned images is good too.

Price: Price: £7.50 P & P in UK: £1.00 P & P Overseas: £1.00

click here

Bits & Bobs

# Thanks for the feedback on the Registers of Electors. We'll continue transcribing them and lets hope they prove to be useful

# Waterman enthusiasts should take a look in the Picture Gallery page. I've just come across a 1785 Table of Fares, from the National Archives. London Bridge to Westminster for example was a shilling, by oars.

# Another document I've got hold of from the National Archives is A 1673 list of watermen who were impressed, held in the Tower of London. It was compiled by the clerk to the Company, Thomas Lowe and lists 31 names.

# On the same subject, we've started a new section on the Waterman page called Book Extracts. The first is on the subject of apprenticeship and comes from Men of the Tideway by Dick Fagan & Eric Burgess. I've done this because the book is extremely rare and is 1 of only a few surviving accounts written by an actual lighterman. I'll try to add a bit each month.

# I'm also dead chuffed that I've recently obtained a book called 'Working Lives'. This contains the accounts of 12 people from the East End and one of them is by a lighterman, Arthur Dedman. It turned up in San Francisco so it's really done some miles! It's certainly made my Christmas, being a nice change from the usual socks etc. I'll type it out soonish and post that to the extracts section too.

# Another account by a lighterman has also come to my attention. This one an interview from Jim Stacey from the excellent River Lee website. Here's a link to it:

# That now makes 5 written accounts that I've unearthed and I feel proud that we can do our part to preserve and disseminate this priceless knowledge.

# Work is still ongoing on making the Thames & River Medway Series searchable online. I've converted the first 64 volumes from Word into Access databases, further sorted into baptisms, marriages and burials. Hopefully it won't be too long now till they're on the website. It's proving a bit of a technical nightmare ( I'll spare you the details! ). But, we will get there in the end.

# We've added about 15 pictures to the Gallery, all Thames related, all found on ebay, which is a wonderful source for finding things. One I'm particularly pleased about is an original article from the January 1869 London Illustrated News. It contains a wonderful picture of the then recently completed St Peter's London Docks. St Peter's was the parish church of my ancestors for decades and its registers were the first I transcribed.

# Something else that's come my way via a frantic auction on ebay is an 1899 Report of the Royal Asylum for Thames Watermen. Amongst other things, it contains a list of inmates. I'm going to scan this and produce it as a CD, as it cost me a fortune!
More details next month.

# Well I think I can put hand on heart now and honestly say that ParishReg is now the leading resource base for all matters waterman & lighterman. When I win the Lottery, I'll set up a seperate website dedicated solely to this subject, as that's what it deserves. So if anybody out there is feeling philanthropic with a few grand to spare......................?

Click here to visit the Picture Gallery

Money Off Voucher



“Yes please James ! I’ve ordered some stuff, knock £2.00 off.

I’ve used my own scissors and cut this bit out and sent it with my order. Obviously, I printed it off first ! Or, I copied, pasted and printed it out ! ( Well done Mike!)
* excludes Alan Godfrey Maps and Special Offers and Waterman Affidavits and anything else that sells for less than a fiver.

Apparently more small print is needed......
One voucher per customer! Or to put it simply, £2.00 is all yer gonna get! Applies to payment via UK cheque only and to those who can't resist a visit to my shed

Click here to visit the website

Click here for Alan Godfrey Maps

Click here to visit the Watermen page

Click here for Research Services

Click here to visit the Message Forum

Have a good Christmas and good luck with your researches.

James and the ParishRegister team

The closing quote:
" “He’s one of our own” meant that he was part of a lighterman’s family, part of generations of river workers, part, in a way, of the river itself." Dick Fagan, lighterman


-A Passion For Family History-

© Docklands Ancestors Ltd.