Parish Register Newsletter: April 2010

Greetings Subscriber!

Welcome to the parishregister  April newsletter. Well, this month we've got another new CD, volume 69,  and  a new, 400 year old, database for you to search! I've written this newsletter resting my tired old legs on a chair as I've just completed my second half marathon (yes, only half a whole one!), more of which at the end in my ramblings. 

Searchable Databases 

St Dunstan Stepney 1568-1608 8452 entries

To search the site click here

New CD

Last Month:

Volume 68 St George in the East  Baptism Registers 1848-1861
(9464 entries)

To buy this CD please click here Vol 68

This month:

Volume 69 St John Wapping baptism Registers 1665-1707  (7410 Entries)

To buy this CD please click here: Vol 69

Also new:

Misc Catholic London District Transcriptions, Baptisms, Marriages,Confirmations Vol 2

see below for details

Merchant Taylors 1530-1928 - to search click here Merchant Taylors 

Find out more about the Merchant Taylors click here:

In transcription

St Matthew Bethnal Green 1799-1819

St George in the East 1877-1893  

St Anthony Globe Road 1879-1899

St Dunstan Stepney 1608-1637

Other selected products

Thames & River Medway Series

This months selected CD is:

Volume 15.Covers volumes  65-68 of fiche series.
St.Nicholas, Chiswick 1855-1901 baptisms, marriages & burials;St.Nicholas, Southfleet, next to Northfleet 1775-1861 baptisms, marriages & burials;All Saints, Frindsbury 1775-1861 baptisms, marriages & burials;Holy Trinity, Dartford 1801-1813 baptisms, marriages and burials.

CD-ROM in easily searchable Adobe Acrobat format (supplied). Transcribed by Rob Cottrell. Published by Trueflare Ltd

If you would like to buy this CD please click here: Vol 15

Or, if you'd like to browse all the other CDs available from Rob Cottrell please click here: T&RMS

Catholic Registers

Misc Catholic London District Baptism, Marriages and Burials Vol 1

27 indexed transcriptions of Catholic Parish Registers from churches, chapels and missions in the county of Middlesex

To buy this CD please click here: Catholic 2

The Registers of the Sardinian Embassy Chapel, London, 1772 - 1841(Church of SS Anselm and Cecilia in Holborn). This comprises indexed transcriptions of over 22000 baptisms hitherto unpublished, a work which has taken them about 10 years to produce!!In total there are 60000 odd entries on this CD, a bargain at £7.95!

To buy this CD please click here: Catholic 3

Here's the new Catholic Family History Society CD I promised you:

Misc Catholic London District Transcriptions, Baptisms, Marriages,Confirmations Vol 2

·       French Chapel Royal: Baptisms 1842-1911 and Marriages 1846-1910
·         Kentish Town, St Alexis: Baptisms 1849-1854
·         Blessed Virgin Mary of Czestochowa and St Stanislaus Kostka Chapels, Central London: Baptisms 1863-1877
·         Soho St Patrick: Baptisms 1779-1851, Index to Baptisms 1793-1937, Confirmations 1818-1854 and Marriages 1809-1856
·         Southwark St George's Fields Chapel: Baptisms 1788-1823 and Marriages 1823-1837
·         St James, Spanish Place, Westminster: Baptisms 1732-1848 and Marriages 1732-1845
·         Standon, Old Hall Green, Herts.: Baptisms 1811-1831, Confirmations 1814-1849 and Marriages 1812-1848
·         Virginia Street Chapel, Wapping: Baptisms 1832-1840

If you would like this CD please click here: Catholic 4

Merchant Taylors

The Merchant Taylors 1520-1929 (36000 entries-Exclusive to Docklands Ancestors!)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'. 

To purchase this CD please click here:  Merchant Taylors

Watermen & Lightermen

This month's selected products is:

1628 Admiralty Muster of Watermen

James transcribed this document from the National Archives in Kew. On the searchable CD-Rom, there are some 2,393 names of Watermen. Information recorded is forename, surname, age in 1628/9, number of voyages made, location and notes (such as trumpeter, gunner, boatswain).
As you will have noticed, the earliest Company record is dated 1692, so this is a wonderful resource for possibly pushing your history further back in time.

If you'd like this CD please click here: Muster

You can browse all of the other Watermen and Lightermen products by clicking here: W&L

Docklands Ancestors Parish Register CDs - Compendiums' Department

Docklands Ancestors Parish Register CD Department 

East of London FHS Publications Department 

Map Department

Map of Middlesex 1611 by by John Norden and John Speed


This beautiful and highly illustrated map of Middlesex has 2 town plans. One of Westminster and the other of London being separate towns at that time. In the lower 2 corners of this map are drawings of Saint Peters or Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral with a set of notes on each. St Paul's is shown with the loss of its spire in 1561 before it was restored in the 1630s by Inigo Jones. The print shown is a copy of the original and so is in colour, the print we offer you is in black and white. The print measures 46cms x 58cms. 

To buy this map for £4.95 plus p&p please click here: Middlesex

A Balloon View of London 1851


One of several maps and panoramas of London to come out in 1851, the year of the Great Exhibition. This is an aerial panorama, naming streets and showing many individual buildings. The view is looking southwards and therefore appears "upside-down" compared to most maps. The enormous glass building built in Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition is shown - Cockneys dubbed it the "Crystal Palace" and it's even named as such on the panorama.

The black and white map is an exhilarating view of London looking south over the River Thames, as if taken from a balloon over Hampstead. This plan/view's extent (St John's Wood - Battersea Park - De Beauvoir Town - Greenwich) and large size makes for a superbly detailed image with innumerable streets, buildings and landmarks identifiable. First published on the opening day of the Great Exhibition, the plan proved immensely popular with re-issues appearing into the late 1870s.

Size:101x66 cm

To buy one click here: Balloon

Devastated London - The Bombed City As Seen From A Barrage Balloon


To buy this (folded) map click here: Devastated London

Ecclesiastical Map-County of London 1903 

A Map of the Ecclesiastical Divisions within the County of London 1903. The map shows all Church of England parish boundaries in the London County Council area on a scale of 2 miles to the inch. Facsimile, printed in colour and folded in a case with brief introduction by Simon Morris. Approximate extent: Highgate to Streatham; Hammersmith to Isle of Dogs. Publication no 155 (1999).

Price: £5.00 To buy this map please click here

London and Its Environs 1813


Price: £3.95 To buy this map and for more information please click here

Rocque's 1745 Survey of London


Price: £7.95 To buy this map and for more information please click here

 To view our comprehensive Alan Godfrey maps collection please click here

Docklands Ancestors Parish Register CDs (69 CDs now to choose from)

Compendiums  (including our latest, compendium 6)

Waterman & Parish Register Special Offer Price: £129.93

Book Shop

             My Ancestors were Thames Watermen: A Guide to Tracing your Thames Waterman and Lighterman (by James Legon)


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

Memories of growing up in the East End between the wars by Derek Houghton

In this fascinating book Derek gives a colourful insight into life as a real "East Ender". Personal recollections and lively anecdotes are combined with a thorough social history to show a neighbourhood undergoing huge change. The memories recalled so openly by the author gives a snapshot of a community characterised by contrasts. Neighbourliness and community spirit were highly valued, yet whole families often found themselves turned out onto the streets by ruthless landords. The locations: the Hackney Empire, Pellicci's cafe and Kelly's Pie & Mash shop.... will be familiar to residents and provide reference points to those who research that area. The stories and characters described so vividly are brought to life with a range of photographs.

bethnal green mem.jpgIf you would like to buy this, please click here: Memoir

Here's another book on Bethnal Green that may be of interest to you:

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

This fascinating collection of over 200 archive photographs looks at the changes that have taken place in Bethnal Green from the late nineteenth century to the present day.

The images chronicle eras of hardship and extremity like that of the Second World War, and times of peace and properity. Altogether they combine to create a very special record of an area that has experienced a great change over the years, yet has always retained its famous character.

Bethnal Green provides a valuable account for the long-time resident, and brings the history of the area and its people alive for the interested newcomer.

imagesbethnalgreen.jpg If you fancy this book, please click here: images

One-Off Books (used, all good condition)

Step By-Step Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors by D.M.Field (£3.50 plus p & p)

The chapels in the Tower of London (The chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula and the Chapel of St.John The Evangelist by The Reverend John F.M.Llewellyn (£3 plus p & p)

These second-hand titles are not on the site so if you would like to buy one please e-mail Yvonne at (first come first served!) and payment is by cheque only.

Interesting Sites


Archive CD books

The Archive CD Books Project began in the UK in March 2000 making reproductions of old books, documents and maps available on CD to genealogists and historians while co-operating with libraries, museums and record offices by providing money to renovate items in their collections and by donating books to their collections. The Archive CD Books Project is a worldwide project and the UK catalogue alone now includes over 2000 items including historical directories, original census records, history books, old maps, church records, parish registers, the 1873 return of owners of land, the visitations of the Heralds and pedigrees. (Yvonne has informed me that Archive CD books no longer exist but Family History Research Ltd now distribute the CD books.)


An interesting site which lets you search for free for old relatives who may have fell foul of the law, shall we say. You have to click on each prison and look through the alphabetical index, as opposed to putting your name in a search box, but worth a punt if you've got time on your hands. There is also information on executions, historical court records, outlaw and criminal records and insane asylum records.

Essex Online Parish Clerks

In their own words; We are a worldwide group of volunteers who endeavour to provide free information about a parish, its people and history, to assist family historians. Each Essex OPC has a mandate to collect, collate and compile reference material for parishes throughout the county in the form of transcripts, extracts, abstracts, and indexes of original source records. They have baptisms, banns, marriages, burials, census returns, memorial inscriptions and wills available to search on-line. This is the Essex site but they have links to many other counties with the same kinds of information available. An excellent site, well worth a look!

I also found this fascinating piece of information on the site, which I must confess I didn't know!

'Parish registers were first introduced by Thomas Cromwell in 1538. From that date, every parish church was required to acquire a sure coffer (i.e. parish chest) within which their records could be securely stored.

The chest maintained by the parish was in ancient times a hollow trunk, fastened with three keys, the latter to be kept severally by the bishop, the priest, and a religious layman. By the mid-1500's, the parishioners in every parish were directed by law to provide a strong chest with a hole in the upper part thereof, and having three keys, for holding the alms for the poor. The chest was also a place in which the parish registers and other parish documents were kept. A single chest could have been used for both purposes (alms and documents) or two or more chests were kept by the parish.

Although the chest was a requirement, what was kept therein and the condition of the box itself varied from parish to parish. The papers and documents stored inside, although maybe untidy, were preserved reasonably well. Their survival, however, depended not only upon the local mouse and insect population, but also the housekeeping enthusiasm of various people keen to clear away old rubbish.'

Finally, three more sites worth looking at if you're interested in the history of the East End. I must admit I learnt loads about Shoreditch and the site pointed out loads of local items of interest.

Docklands Past and Present

History of Shoreditch

Dicken's London

I'm not sure how many of you have looked at our useful links section, but it's full of useful sites that may be useful in locating your ancestors, so here's a link to the useful links Useful links

Ramblings from the Council Estate

I should change the heading of this section from Ramblings from the Council Estate to Tales from up North for this edition, as this weekend was, at last, the Sheffield Half marathon which William I have been looking forward to all winter. I've pounded the towpath for eons preparing myself for this momentus occasion, forcing myself out in the freezing snowy weather when all I really wanted to do was crack open a bottle of wine and put my feet up! Was it all worth it? Well, I'll get to that bit in a minute, or, I suppose you could just skip to the end, otherwise I'll take you through the weekend. It all started on Saturday morning with a good fry up, ideal marathon food! Just after twelve, she who must be obeyed, and I set off on the bus, or her on the bus, and I walked, to Bethnal Green station. Then it was ten stops on the tube to Debden and another walk to Yvonne's to pick up the van. Then we sped up the motorway, almost touching 60 at times, to Sheffield. Regular readers will know I always get lost in Sheffield, but no, not this time, sweet as a nut we pulled up outside young William's house in good time. Dying for a cuppa, we rang the bell, but nothing, nobody in! William, Phillippa and baby Joss had gone for a ten mile afternoon stroll! Is this the same William that's running 13.1 miles the next day? YES!!!!! Is he mad you ask, have sleepless nights tending to the baby addled his brain? Almost certainly. I had a sneaking suspicion that the world record wouldn't be on for him this weekend. Anyway, we didn't have long to wait and I filled in the time by extracting thatch from his lawn. There followed a pleasant evening folowed by an early visit to the land of nod, or so I hoped. In reality I couldn't sleep much thinking about the 'race' the next day. So, now to race day! We got up at seven, had a nice healthy breakfast and headed off to the stadium. We arrived with half an hour to spare, just enough time to empty my bladder three times and deposit my bag in the storage area. The plan was that we would run the first half together, then, if either of us felt strong, we would push on. This worked, for a while, about three miles in fact, then William started to feel the affects of the the 10 miles he had done the day before, and it was left to me to press on. I thought my pace of 8 minute miles was too quick, but I thought I'd keep it up for a little longer. By half way I was still going strong, then I was buoyed by my fan club cheering me on from the roadside (Phillippa (wow she can cheer), her indoors (who passed me a fortifying energy drink), and my cousin Sue and Graeme, and little Joss of course, oh and the dog). It was (mostly) downhill from there and this too gave me heart. I kept looking at my watch and still, disbelieving, I was churning out 8 minute miles! This of course couldn't last and finally, over the last two miles, I started to feel the pain, in my calves, hamstrings, quads, oh and I developed a stitch for good measure. But....I dug deep....kept going and managed to stagger over the line a full 14 minutes quicker than three years ago; 1 hour 47 minutes! My fan club had made it back in time to cheer me into the stadium, and Sue produced a most welcome banana out of her bag, then a bar of chocolate, then a bag of crisps, all of which were consumed at an indecent rate! Oh, where was William you ask? He wasn't exactly on my heels, but considering he had done that 10 miles the day before 2 hours and 5 minutes was a good achievement. So, after a hearty roast dinner (cheers Will and Phil) we set off on our long trek back to the smoke. Five hours later I set down, pleased with my day's efforts, to catch up on the footie. No such luck!! My vision started going 'funny', it was one of my oh so rare (thankfully) migraines! Oh yes, I forgot to mention, I've also raised over £200 for the British Heart Foundation.

So, what's next you ask, I suppose it has to be two half marathons stuck together!

Time is running out so there's no time to tell you about my hair cut, finding £10 on the floor, and me cooking salmon in creme fraich with dill'; next time maybe.

We'll finish with a chuckle:

An 80-year-old man goes for a physical. All of his tests come back with normal results. The doctor says, 'Ross, everything looks great. How are you doing mentally and emotionally? Are you at peace with God?'

Ross replies, 'God and I are tight. He knows I have poor eyesight, so he's fixed it so when I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, poof! The light goes on. When I'm done, poof! the light goes off.'

'Wow, that's incredible,' the doctor says.

A little later in the day, the doctor calls Ross's wife, Amy. 'Ross is doing fine!’ the doctor reassures her, ‘But I had to call you because I'm in awe of his relationship with God. Is it true that he gets up during the night and poof! the light goes on in the bathroom, and when he's done, poof! the light goes off?'

'Oh my God!' Amy exclaims. 'He's peeing in the fridge again!'

Oh, and take a look at this! It's one of the funniest men ever.......George Bush! George

All the best  

Jonathan and the team


-A Passion For Family History-

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