Parish Register Newsletter: April 2014

A third of the year gone already, so it's time for the April parishregister newsletter!  This month we added another St Mary Whitechapel batch of baptism records from 1698-1703 and we've got another two new  CDs for you; Volume 101 St Mary, Whitechapel 1605-1635
Baptism Registers (9216 entries) and our first marriage compendium CD which includes our first ten marriage CDs. Also we've got some great discounts on three books.

As promised last month my brother's book, My Ancestors were Thames Watermen; is now back in print and we have some copies in stock

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Don't forget you can keep up to date with new databases and products on our Facebook page, or indeed Twitter, if you like tweeting. We've now got 482 'likes' and on Twitter we've got over 1850 followers!

So, our two new CDs this month are:

Marriages Compendium CD1: Vols 1-10

This CD comprises volumes 1-10 of the Docklands Ancestors series of Marriages transcriptions and approximately 39,000 entries

The parishes included are; 

Volume 1 St Mary Whitechapel 1558-1647
Volume 2 St Mary Whitechapel 1691-1733

Volume 3 St Mary Whitechapel 1647-1690
Volume 4 St Dunstan Stepney 1616-1632
Volume 5 St Dunstan Stepney 1568-1616
volume 6 St Dunstan Stepney 1632-1644
volume 7 St John, Wapping 1665-1707
volume 8 St Dunstan Stepney 1644-1672
volume 9 St George in the East 1729-1754
volume 10 St George in the East 1754-1784

Volume 101 St Mary Whitachapel baptism CD 1605-1635 9216 entries

This Month's Special Offers!!!!

This month we're offering you two CDs for the price of one!!! All you have to do is purchase one of our single baptism CDs from our shop and then email us at the name and volume number of the other single baptism CD you would like. We'll then acknowledge your email and get them in the post to you! Also, you can see all of the available CDs on one page on our search page (that way you don't have to scroll through ten pages!)

Compendiums 1-5 which comprise volumes 1-60 of the Docklands Ancestors Series of parish register transcriptions. With each compendium costing about £40 separately, this is incredible value at just £119.99 If you want to see which parishes are included in each compendium just click here: comps

To search the marriage records click here: Marriages

To search all our baptism records click hereGood luck!

To search the 36000 entry Merchant Taylor records 1530-1928 click hereMT

We've  got three new and exclusive prints of Thames watermen available for you to purchase

Waterman by London Bridge


Waterman by London Bridge
A hand painting by Grant Osman.

A waterman dressed in his trade mark red coat with his arm badge on his left shoulder

Lighterman on the River Thames

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Lighterman on the River Thames
Another stunning hand painting by Grant Osman at a great price!

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

Now In Transcription


St Mary Whitechapel 1698 to 1758

St Luke Limehouse 1846-1875

St John Bethnal Green 1837-1891

Interesting/Useful Sites
GenGuide - UK and IrishGenealogy Sources, Aidsa nd Contacts

Records of U.S Occupation Headquarters WWII

State Records New South Wales Government's archives and records

Family Search England Occupations; very informative!
Watermen and Lightermen Section

1827 list of Free Watermen which is a 'mini census' of watermen carried out in April 1827 which gives their names and ages. 
5461 entries

1827 list

Transcribed by Jonathan Legon (me)

Birth Register of Contracted Men 1865-1921 (MS22360)

This database gives the first name and surname, the date of birth, or the baptism date, or both, the court session date on which the record was submitted and the place of the baptism or birth, of 1495 watermen between the years 1865 and 1921. The earliest recorded birth is 1816. 

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Transcribed by me again

The Company of Watermen & Lightermen : Reassignment Index 1688-1908.


This CD lists some 12,000 apprentices that were reassigned from their original master to another. In some cases to more than one other master.                             

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, one of the only ones written by a Thames Lighterman, about the arduous job of working on the river. I saw more than one on the internet the other day on sale for £120! 

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!

Thomas Doggett Pictur'd by Walter Leon. 
This is a rare first edition 




East of London Family History Society

Census 1891 Hackney Part 1.RG12/0179 - 0194.
Covering: Stoke Newington, Stamfod Hill, West Hackney and Hackney

Tower Hamlets Marriages & Banns (Vol 1)-Disc3  Holy Trinity Minories 1676 - 1754
Christ Church Spitalfields Banns 1833 - 1861 

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


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To search the entire collection click below:

Trueflare Thames and River Medway single CDs

Trueflare Thames and River Medway compendium CDs


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

This map remains our most popular, and at only a fiver plus postage, it's a real bargain!

Ecclesiastical Map-County of London 1903

A Map of the Ecclesiastical Divisions within the County of London 1903 

The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939–45.

Ann Saunders(editor) 

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Atlas of over 100 detailed maps printed in colour, with a 22 page introduction by Dr Robin Woolven. The maps cover an irregular area which extends roughly from Hammersmith to Woolwich and from Highgate to Sydenham.The book is large A3 format and consists of scans of OS maps coloured in at the time by the London County Council showing the levels of destruction in areas. Circles show V1 and V2 strikes.
Hardback, published jointly with London Metropolitan Archives. Publication no 164 (2005) By London Topographical Society

WE HAVE ONLY GOT THIS 1 IN STOCK and it is now extremely rare.



Around Plaistow (Archive Photographs S.) by George Taylor

This collection of photographs represents a unique record of life in and around old Plaistow, principally but not entirely in the mid-1930s, which were taken by one man who grew up there, George Taylor

£2 off this excellent book, now ONLY  £7.99!!!!!

Bethnal Green (Archive Photographs: Images of London S.)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.

£2 off this book too, now at a rock bottom price of  £9.99

East End Murders:From Jack the Ripper to Ronnie Kray By Neil Storey. 
True Crime History
Neil Storey has drawn on a vast array of original sources-among them witness statements, coroners' reports and court records-to produce a revealing insight into East End's darkest moments.
As well as the murders of Jack the Ripper, he took nine other cases in detail: Ratcliffe Highway 1811, Henry Wainwright dismembered his mistress and rolled up her body in a carpet in 1874......
to the recent murders on Bow Road cinema in 1934 and finally the shooting of George Cornell at the Blind Beggar Pub in 1966

Now there's £3 off this book, and it's only £7.99!!!!!

Here are  three  excellent second hand books:

A History of Warfare by John Keegan (paperback) £4 plus £2.70 p&p (uk)

Military Blunders (The how and why of military failure) by Saul David (paperback) £4 plus £2.70 p&p (uk)

Maritime Power and the Struggle for Freedom 1788-1851 by Peter Padfield (paperback) £4 plus p&p (uk)

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

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

Thames Books:

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 

Thames: Sacred River (Hardcover)

Research Services: If you've come to a dead end, email Esme

Ramblings from the Estate

I'll start with another brief update on my noisy neighbours! One of them, the upstairs one, hasn't made a sound since the last newsletter-yeah! The other one carried on for a couple of weeks, so I rattled off more complaint emails, and at last they are sitting up and listening! They tell me they have instigated action, whatever that is, and that I am to call the old bill if she plays any more really loud stuff. The last two weeks it has been complete bliss-not a peep. BUT...hold your horses, she's been away for that time, so we'll just have to see what happens once she returns-watch this space!
What else has been going on? Well, as I didn't challenge Mo Farah and the gang in the marathon I thought we'd go up north to visit brother Will and family in Sheffield that weekend, especially as there's been a new arrival since our last foray up there; one Harry George Legon, another addition to the family tree! The first bonus was I managed to secure two coach tickets for the princely price of £18....for both of us, there and back (diesel in the van would knock me back £60!). However, Will informed me he was working that day so we would have to make our own way from the coach drop-off to his house. The choice was taxi or tram. An obvious choice really; has to be the tram (although there was a bit of a steep walk at the end, but I didn't tell Her Indoors that!) The coach journey went according to plan (I read half of Mo Farah's autobiography, and Her Indoors read magazines) and then we found the tram. We had to make a phone call to find out where to get off, and then it was the not insignificant climb up the hill; Her Indoors wasn't impressed, especially so when it started to rain! Eventually we arrived at the bottom of their street and would you believe it, Will's car was there!!!!! Her Indoors was now even less impressed. I forget what his excuse for not picking us up was, but it was pretty flimsy I can tell you! All was forgotten when we met young Harry, AHHHHH! Mind you at three months they're not particularly exciting, but cute nevertheless. The next day the girls went shopping (as they do), and I was left to watch the marathon, not quite in peace, as I was left with two year old Patrick to supervise! A couple of hours later I hadn't seen much of the marathon but I had read a dozen books with Patrick, played with loads of his toys (with him) and did lots of rough and tumbling with the little man! The next day we thought we might have a little bit of a lie-in, bit apparently that doesn't happen when there are three kids in the house! At some silly hour the door was pushed open and in came Patrick with a book tucked under his arm. He pulled back the covers, got in bed and put the book in front of my face. I didn't have my glasses on, but not wanting to disappoint the little man I squinted at the pictures, pointed at the words (as if I was reading them) and made up a story! He loved this, then went out at the end. So I put my head down again, only to be disturbed a few minutes later; he was back with another book! This ritual was repeated 3 more times before I gave up and went down for breakfast. We had a great time in the park in the afternoon, which mostly involved us pushing them on the swings and roundabouts or following them around scooters and bicycles. Her Indoors treated us all to an ice cream, most of which ended up around their faces, then we had a quick look around a local museum, which was full of stuffed animals which they found fascinating (as did I). By the time it was was time to depart we were cream crackered, although we were spared the walk back down the hill as Will very generously gave us a lift!
We also spent some time in Norfolk where my quote of the day came from my mother. I announced I was going for a run, so she very kindly gave me a bottle of water, then asked me if I had everything I need; 'like what?' I asked, 'What about your phone?' she replied, 'What for?' I replied a bit bewildered, ' In case you collapse!' was her response! I'm 51 not 81!.....hopefully I won't be collapsing for a while yet!!! 

This week I've been greedily scoffing strawberry flapjacks expertly made by Her Indoors. If you want to experience them and make them, just click here

Have you seen these roller skating babies in the Evian advert?

Jno and the gang!  


-A Passion For Family History-

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