and welcome to the April ParishRegister.com newsletter.
Busy, busy! 20,000 entries have been added to the
online searchable databases this month, from 3 parishes,
our biggest ever upload. All are from pre-civil registration
times so they should help a lot of people to find
The long awaited Compendium CD1 ( Vols 1-20) is now
finished and we've knocked a tenner off the price
for this month. If you've bought any compendium CD
that doesn't cover Volumes 1-20, please send it back
and we will replace it with this one, free of charge.
The Waterman Guided Tour details are finalised, more
on this below. Lets hope it warms up enough soon to
venture out onto the Thames.
Thanks to everyone who voted in the poll last month.
Was it James or Esme who end up with egg on face?
Read on for the results!
Online Searchable Databases
This is the progress of our transcriptions:
St Mary Whitechapel, baptisms, 1792-1812, approx
13,348 entries . 100% complete. This
is our biggest database, reflecting the density
of the population in Whitechapel at the beginning
of the 19th century. With the previous transcription
covering 1813-1823 we now have 20,000 entries
from this parish. This mammoth transcription
task was completed by Jim Sheppard in around
6 months, to a standard of quality that is a
testament to his skill as a trancriber and to
his passion for family history. Take a bow Jim
and thank you.
St Mary Newington, Southwark,1829-1837, baptisms
7,018 entries. 100% complete. Another
quality piece of work by Annemarie Shuttle,
whose tremendous family history knowledge enhances
the quality of her transcription work.
St Mary, Rotherhithe, Southwark, baptisms, 1834-1870,
10,500 entries. 100% complete. This is
a Rob Cottrell transcription, converted to our
searchable database format. As many of you know,
Rob is amongst the most prolific of transcribers,
ever. This parish borders St Mary Newington
so it will be quite useful for those who found
ancestors in St Mary's.
Camden Church, Camberwell 1845-1885
St Paul, Shadwell 1712-1812
All Saints Poplar 1858-1872
All Saints West Ham 1813-1835
St George in the East 1826-1835
St Mary Newington 1837-1842
St Dunstan Stepney 1826-1835
St Anne Limehouse 1826-1835
St Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey 1782-1812
To be honest, things have been a bit held up
lately due to the seemingly endless wait for
films to be despatched by the LMA. We're waiting
for 6 to arrive at the moment. And waiting,
Click here to search the databases now
Special Offer: Compendium CD 1
All 20 volumes of the Docklands Ancestors Series
parish register transcriptions on 1 Compendium
The parishes covered are:
St Peter's, London Docks, Wapping, 1878-1933;
St Mary Newington,Southwark, 1902-1922; St Paul,Shadwell,
1852-1881; St James,Ratcliff, 1841-1913*; St
John,Wapping, 1813-1847; St Anne,Limehouse,
1833-1854; St Peter,Limehouse, 1866-1903; St
Luke Millwall, 1866-1887; Christ Church,Isle
of Dogs, 1876-1904; All Saints Poplar, 1813-1838
& 1835-1857; St John Cubbitt Town,Isle of
Dogs, 1887-1902; St Dunstan Stepney, 1839-1844
(burials); St Dunstan Stepney, 1816-1822 &
1822-1826; St Thomas Stepney, 1840-1876; St
Mary Whitechapel, 1792-1812 & 1813-1823;
St George in the East, 1815-1820 & 1821-1826
All Baptism Registers unless stated otherwise.
It has taken us five years to transcribe the
approx. 100,000 entries on this CD. We are proud
of the quality of our transcriptions, believing
that transcriptions by fellow family historians
with a knowledge of the area and a passion for
family history, produce a product that is superior
to anything else available.
A typical entry shows the entry number, date
of baptism, date of birth (if stated),the surname,
forenames, names of father & mother, occupation
of father, address, source reference number
and also any notes from the margin.
Normal price:20x£5.95=£119.00.Save £89.01 on
the normal RRP.
Offer £39.99, throughout March
Spend the extra £10 saving on a good book!
CD, fully indexed, in easily searchable Adobe
Acrobat format (supplied). Published by Docklands
Price: £39.99 P & P in UK: £1.00 P &
P Overseas: £2.00
Click here for Compendium CD 1
New Docklands Ancestors Series CDs
2 new CDs are published this month:
Volume 20. St Mary, Whitechapel. Baptism Registers.
1792-1812. 13,348 entries.
These are transcribed entries, not scanned images.
You can generally expect to find:
Entry No, Birth Date, Baptism Date,
Firstnames, Father, Mother, Surname, Address,
Occupation of the Father, Source Ref and any notes
in the margin.
Easily searchable 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
Volume 21. St Mary, Newington, Southwark. Baptism
Registers. 1829-1837. 7,018 entries.
Easily searchable CD-ROM in easy to use Adobe
Many entries from the neighbouring parishes of
Bermondsey, St George, and Rotherhithe.
Transcribed by Annemarie Shuttle. Published by
Docklands Ancestors Ltd.
Price: £5.95 P & P in UK: £1.00 P & P
Docklands Ancestors Series CD Relaunch
Please note that the price of the Docklands Ancestors
Series is going up by £1 from 1st May. This is
because we've now outsourced production ( ie the
wife thinks her kitchen is for cooking). The covers
have been re-designed, the packaging is now a
standard jewel case and comes cellophane wrapped.
You'll also notice we have ISBN numbers and barcodes.
The data on the CD has been re-checked and printed
to PDF without adverts. The CD itself is even
easier to use with the addition of what my technical
geezer says is an 'autorun, user friendly, content
menu interface' ( gee I knew you'd be impressed
with that!). That means every file on the CD is
represented by a button which you click. We've
also added a new file to each CD, an 'About St
..' feature with a bit of the history of the parish,
and some have images too.
So hopefully we've got an even better quality
product that represents even better value for
money, whilst keeping it as easy to search and
easier to use.
Click here for new Docklands Ancestors CDs
Reviewed Title: London Marriage Licences 1521-1869
I was delighted to receive this CD from Archive
CD Books to review because I thought there was
an excellent chance that my elusive Gleghorne
ancestor might be in it ( he wasn't!). I was
impressed as usual with the clean, sturdy packaging
of the CD, although I have to say that when
I opened it the CD fell out onto the floor (,
no, I was sober).
Loading it was a doddle and I was able to start
searching in seconds. The book, of which this
is a scan, is divided into a letter by letter
alphabetical index of males, over about 800
pages, followed by 1 alphabetical list of females.
I'd estimate that there are about 32,000 entries
One gripe I do have is that you can't search
it using Adobe's search function. Not a massive
problem I suppose when things are indexed alphabetically,
but there you go. Also, as I've just found out
when attempting to copy an entry to show you
a typical one, the text select function tool
is disabled to. ( I guess that's a copyright
issue ). So here's one I've had to peck out
on the keyboard:
Acherley, Roger, of the Inner Temple,esq., bachelor,
29, and Elizabeth Vernon, of St Mary, Savoy,
Middlesex, spinster, about 25, at her own disposal
- at St Lawrence Jewry, London on 6 Feb 1691/2.
(It actually says sixteen ninety and a half!
And 'at her own disposal', priceless!)
I lifted this from the Archive CD website about
'Note that these contain lists of licences granted
in a particular diocese, but they include details
of marriage licences relating to people all
over the country, and are very valuable sources
of family history information, as they also
often include parents' names, villages &
towns of residence, etc. Not just for those
with London ancestors! '
The verdict? A good resource if you've hit a
brick wall, or are happy with paying £11.50
for 30,000 entries to search. 7/10, as I do
like a search function and text select function,
so come on Archive CD Books! ( Gosh, probably
won't get any more free CDs now!)
Price: £11.50 P & P in UK: £1.00 P &
P Overseas: £1.50
Click here for London Marriage Licences CD
More Archive CD Books New Releases
The History of London from its Foundation
to Present Time, by William Maitland, 1746.
Original copies of this world famous book are
extremely scarce, often cost several thousand
pounds to buy and most are to be found without
the illustrative plates. This appears to be
a complete copy and is one history book that
no serious London researcher should be without.
From the title page;
'Containing the political history of London.
With an accurate survey of the several wards,
liberties, precincts &c. An account of the
several parishes and churches; its civil, military,
and ecclesiastical government, companies and
commerce, antiquities, offices, societies, state
of learning, and monuments of charity and piety:
Including the several parishes in Westminster,
Middlesex and Surry, within the Bill of Mortality.
'The Whole illustrated with One Hundred and
Twenty one copper plates, exhibiting the plans
of the wards in London, of the city of Westminster,
and parishes adjacent; and views of the City
at different times, and of all the churches,
palaces, bridges, halls, hospitals, &c.
and a map of the country ten miles around this
Click here for History of London
Phillimore's Parish Registers-Marriages, London
The title of this CD is slightly misleading,
implying as it does that there are 4 vols covering
London. In fact, there are 4 volumes of St James
Duke Place, covering the years 1664-1683
Price: £17.63 P & P in UK: £1.00 P &
P Overseas: £2.00
Click here for Phillimore's Parish Registers-Marriages,
London Vols 1-4
Kelly's London Suburban Directory Northern
A fabulous and *incredibly* rare directory.
Most larger suburbs contain a street by street
directory which lists virtually every head of
household by name, along with their trade. There
are even people listed with an occupation such
as 'clerk', 'householder' or 'jobbing gardener'
so these are ordinary people in their homes,
not just tradesmen at their place of work. Smaller
suburbs have no street directory but instead
include a list of private residents, which often
runs to several pages, plus a Commercial Directory
Price: £17.75 P & P in UK: £1.00 P &
P Overseas: £2.00
Click here for Kelly's Northern Districts
Results of the Poll
Last month we asked you to express a view on
which time period you would like us to concentrate
our parish register transcribing project on.
Esme is convinced that pre-civil registration
is of more use. My theory was that 1837-1881
was better. So, without further ado, here are
Pre civil registration in 1837 71%
1837 to 1881 6%
After 1881 2%
James, just do them all! 21%
Well, the results seemingly speak for themselves,
so refer to picture on the right! I'm putting
my foot down and refusing to publish a smug
looking Esme picture. ( Sigh, she does have
this habit of being right ).
The people have spoken, so it shall be thus.
But ( well there had to be one!), the views
expressed represent the views of experienced
family historians, for whom I well understand
the unique usefulness of pre 1837 registers.
However, if I can characterise this group (
you) as the top of the pyramid of researchers,
then the rest of the pyramid is made up by people
who are new to family history. This group are
starting out and most are grateful to find a
grand parent. I'm mindful that these people
need a hand at the beginning in order to help
them get as far back as 1837.
To those who voted that we should do them all,
this is indeed our aim. Not for the first time
in history, Tower Hamlets has had a raw deal
in terms of the records available. The NBI was
a let down, FreeREG likewise, the IGI, the databases
at GenFair, I could go on. Ok, I will then!
The complete eradication of the docks, the Luftwaffe
bombing the place to bits, the LDDC completing
what the Luftwaffe didn't finish, 1960s tower
So, as resources permit, we're going to complete
all of Tower Hamlets, prioritising pre-civil
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. It was an area considered by most Londoners
as mysterious and inaccessible, some parts enclosed
and hidden from view by enormous walls and others
bordered by marshland. The nearest that most
people came was the sight of the ship's funnels
and cranes that dominated the skyline as they
travelled to work on the train.
The Docks were full of colourful and eccentric
characters. Working conditions at the time were
very different to today and the author describes
both from an intimate knowledge.
He was an indentured apprentice and learned
the skills necessary for a long and exciting
career that involved repair work in one of the
foremost shipyards, ( the London Graving Dock
Company) and on many of the magnificent ships
that docked in one of the world's busiest ports.
This is one of the best books I've read about
working life in the docks.
Click here for Dockland Apprentice
Silvertown by Melanie McGrath
Silvertown teems with stories of life in the
docks and pubs and dog tracks of the old East
End where Melanie McGrath's grandparents, Jenny
and Len Page, scraped a living. Here are the
bustling alleys where, in 1914, eleven year
old Jenny watches the men go off to fight; Jenny
having her teeth pulled out on her seventeenth
birthday; the Cosy Corner Cafe, opened full
of hope by Jenny and Len; and an East End Landscape
altered forever by the closure of the docks.
After reading this book it makes you want to
jump in your van and hoof it down to Silvertown
- which is just what I did. The silent, brooding,
desolate Royal Docks brings home how much life
has changed in the East End over the last 50
years. And a tear to the eye I might add :)
One of the things that really made an impression
on me was the poverty of people. No work, no
food, starve. The other was the description
by Jenny of the working class, divided into
'respectable' and 'common'. Nowadays we're all
supposed to be middle class and the notion of
the respectable working class has all but dissapeared.
A good thing? Reading this book, you might well
I know a book is good when I have to stay up
all night to finish it. I did with this one.
Click here for Silvertown!
Kelly's Trade Directories
Pictured above are 4 titles from the Jigrah Resources
range of trade directories:
Ilford, Seven Kings & Goodmayes 1926
Camden & Kentish Town 1926-27
West Kensington, Hammersmith, Shepherd's Bush
& Fulham 1898-99
These are scans of the original books. Directories
are an excellent source of information based on
a specific, local, geographical area. They're
great for the proverbial 'fleshing out' of the
Click here for Kelly's Directories
The Watermen Tour
All the details have been sorted out and it's
booked for Saturday 6th May. The route is Westminster
Pier to Greenwich Pier by boat, Docklands Light
Railway (DLR) from Greenwich to West India Quay,
where we'll be lunching at the Docklands Museum,
followed by a couple of hours in the Museum.
After that it's back onto the DLR for a trip
over the Royal Docks down to King George V and
then back the same way to Tower Hill. After
a walk around St Katherines Dock we'll finish
up outside Waterman's Hall.
We've had numerous expressions of interest so
we're going to be limiting the group size to
20. Not to worry if you can't make this one
as we'll be doing another a month later. Strictly
first come, first served!
Please check the full details on the website
before making a booking. Once you've booked
your place expect an email with the full details
in a couple of weeks time.
Look forward to seeing you on the day, lets
hope it doesn't rain!
Click here to see more details and to make a
We've uploaded some of the pictures I took on
my jaunt down to the docks after reading Silvertown.
There are 6 pictures of St Peter London Docks,
6 of St George in the East and 3 of the Royal
I do have some more and if anybody wants me
to email them, feel free to ask ( although it
might take a while if yoor ISP has a small download
Pictured on the right is Tobacco Dock in Wapping,
with replica pirate ship to the right.
This link will take you to the Picture Gallery
Using the website HOT TIPS!
Right-clicking on your mouse will refresh a
website page, ensuring that you're viewing the
latest version of the page.
Society of Genealogists fair is on 29th April. You'll
probably find me lurking around the EoL FHS stand.
(We didnt take a stand in protest at the £50 charge
Anyway, thanks for reading, best wishes & good
luck with your researches!
James and the ParishRegister team
The closing quote: Seek, and ye shall find*
*unless you're seeking Gleghorne ancestors, in which
case pottery looks like a good hobby