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
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
Price: £5.95 P & P in UK: £1.00 P & P Overseas:
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:
Click here to buy this CD
All 17 Docklands
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
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
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
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
# 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
# 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
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
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