Parish Register Newsletter: May 2011

Welcome all and sundry to the May newsletter of parishregister This month we have another three new databases uploaded; two more St Dunstan Stepney which cover the years 1689-1704 and St George in the East 1893-1901. There's also another new CD, and a new bindings index CD. Also, check out the bookshop for some great bargains! To search our baptism records please click here: Good luck!

This month we have a special offer on searches for you. If you pay for one search, we'll give you another free. Once you have paid for your search, simply email me at and tell me another parish (including the years) you wish to search and I'll send you the results for free! (check on the search page that the name you want is indeed in that parish first)

New CD 

St Dunstan Stepney 1652-1656 4797 entries

To buy this CD please click here:
St Dunnies

Volume 17 Waterman's Company bindings Index 1688-1692

This is the earliest bindings records that have survived

To buy this jewel please click here: Bindings

Last month:

 St Dunstan Stepney 1641-1652 10045 entries

To buy this latest St Dunstan CD please click here: St Dunnies

To browse our other single CDs please click here: single CDs

Volume 86 All Saints Belvedere,Kent 1861-1900
(includes St Augustines Mission Church & Abbey Wood)
Baptisms and Marriages

 Volume 87 St Margaret, High Halstow,Kent On the Hoo Peninsula 1813-1875
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials

To buy either of these CDs please click here: Thames

If you think you may have a relative who was a merchant Taylor then don't forget to search our database, just click here: M.T  Or you can purchase the CD by clicking here:  MTCD

Now In Transcription

St George in the East 1877-1893

St Matthews 1790-1799  

St Dunstan 1704-1710

St Luke Limehouse 1846-1875

Other selected products

Everything Watermen and Lightermen 

You can browse all of the Watermen and Lightermen products which are your essential resources for tracing your watermen or lightermen ancestors by clicking here: W&L

Apprenticeship Bindings covering the years 1692-1959   APPBIND

Company of watermen compilation CD 1 - to buy this excellent, and very popular resource click here: CompCD1

My Ancestor Worked On The River Thames by Rob Cottrell.A guide
to help you find where they worked. Packed full of interesting facts!    Guide


East of London Family History Society

Tower Hamlets Marriages & Banns (Vol 1)-Disc 3: THM&B

Tower Hamlets Burials & MI's (Vol 1) Disc 5:  THB

Crow Lane Burial index 1871-1953 listing 20,000 entries. 

Census 1851 West Ham.HO107/1768.

Census 1891 Hackney Part 1.RG12/0179 - 0194. 

Census 1891 West Ham Part 1 RG12/1310 - 1325

Census 1891 West Ham Part 2 RG12/1326 - 1342 




Catholic Registers

SS. Mary and Joseph, Poplar Roman Catholic Chapel.

Marriages and Baptisms 1818 - 1856:  SSMary

Misc Catholic London District Baptism, Marriages and Burials Vol 1

27 indexed transcriptions of Catholic Parish Registers  in the county of Middlesex: Catholic 2

The Registers of the Sardinian Embassy Chapel, London, 1772 - 1841(Church of SS Anselm and Cecilia in Holborn), a bargain at £7.95!   Catholic 3

Misc Catholic London District Transcriptions, Baptisms, Marriages,Confirmations Vol 2: Catholic 4

SPECIAL OFFER Compendium CDs 1-5 Save £70!!!!!!!

Compendiums' Department 

East of London FHS Publications Department 

'Thames & River Medway Series - Compilation CDs'

'Thames & River Medway Series - Single Parish CDs'  Rob's CDs include records of marriages, baptisms, burials and cemetery records, and include parishes such as Greenwich, Gravesend, Dartford, Northfleet, Tilbury, Lambeth, Charlton, East Ham, Deptford, and there are some burial records for St Dunstan Stepney and many, many more

Research Srevices: If you've come to a dead end in your research then give Esme an email  at


Map Department

Ecclesiastical Map-County of London 1903: Parishmap (a bargain at £5)

Map of Middlesex 1611 by by John Norden and John Speed:  Middlesex

A Balloon View of London 1851


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



London and Its Environs 1813



Rocque's 1745 Survey of London


To view our comprehensive Alan Godfrey maps collection please Alangodfrey  (still only £2.25)



Book Shop SALE 

Voices of Stepney:Life in the Heart of East End

To pick this book up for only £9.99 plus P&P (that's £2 off our normal price) just click on the title
Bethnal Green (Archive Photographs: Images of London) by Gary Haines.

£3 off , also £9.99 plus P&P
Tales of London's Docklands  

£3 off , also £9.99 plus P&P
 Around Plaistow (Archive Photographs S.) by George Taylor 

£3 off, also £9.99 plus P&P

 Children of Bethnal Green by Doris M Bailey

£3 off, also £9.99 plus P&P

Hackney Memories by Alan Wilson

£3 off, £11.99 plus P&P

There is also £3 off all of these books!

Plagues of London

The Worst Street in London

The City of London

Shadow of the Workhouse

Canning Town Voices

Newham Docklands

Other great books:

East Enders' Postcards (Archive Photographs: Images of London) by Brian Girling.


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.

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My Ancestors were Thames Watermen: A Guide to Tracing your Thames Waterman and Lighterman Ancestors,by James Legon. Foreword by Rob Cottrell.




Interesting Sites


London & North Middlesex FHS 

West Middlesex FHS 

Portcities website Explores London’s maritime history 

Proceedings at the Old Bailey An old favourite of mine!

FreeBMD Well worth another look!



Ramblings from the Council Estate


Three cheers for me.......I got a personal best of either 1 hour 44 min and 57 seconds or 1 hour 45 min and 40 seconds, What am I on about???? Well I beat my personal best of last year and my satellite watch told me I had run it in the first time and the organisers have sent me a certificate with the latter time. Well, I'm sticking with my time, under 1.45 sounds much better, and I DESERVE it, all that effort I put in! Plus, the conditions were far from ideal; it was hot and windy. Mind you I came up with another of my cunning plans! As soon as I felt the full force of the hurricane winds I looked around for the biggest guy running at the pace I wanted and tucked in behind him, matching him stride for stride, thus having my own personal wind shield. Unfortunately after around 5 miles he started struggling up the steep hills and I had to abandon the comfort of his shadow. From then on, I was latching on to anyone bigger than me running at the same phenomenal pace as me! I was actually running at the fastest pace I have ever run, but unfortunately I couldn't quite maintain it and slowed down the last couple of miles. So, have I given myself a well deserved rest?...oh no....I'm running even more now as I've signed up for another double half marathon in September. Am I mad? Possibly, but I really want to run the biggy in less than 4 hours.
You know I'm sure I read somewhere that exercise can ward off the onset of Alzheimers. Well, if that's so, how do you explain this. I very graciously made dinner the other day (not unknown!) and the instructions were 'bacon salad please'. No problem I thought, I'll rustle that up in no time. So, in went the lettuce, cucumber, toms, some croutons and some parmesan cheese, oh and a touch of caesars salad dressing, her indoors was upstairs at the time, so I called her and tucked in to mine (I was starving) By the time she had come down I had almost finished, she looked at her's and looked bemused, 'Where's the bacon, you numpty!?
That's not all though. Her indoors has also managed to step up her exercise regime and is now almost able to fast walk for 2 minutes at a time (don't snigger!), so she should be on the button too! Well, every week she makes up a shopping list and off I trot to Sainsburys. I don't really think on these trips, just follow the list. Yesterday I was looking in the cupboard and found the peanut butter that she had put on the list, then another, then another, then a fourth. 'What's all this?' I quizzed, 'Oh she replied, 'I keep forgetting I already put it on the list last week.' At least we're losing our marbles together!

Just for a change here's a recipe that's not a cake and is low in fat!


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts , about 500g/1lb 2oz total weight
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce  


  1. Make several diagonal slashes across each chicken breast. Tip the other ingredients into a wide shallow bowl and swirl them together until everything is well mixed. Add the chicken breasts and turn them in the mixture until they are evenly coated. At this point you can cover the dish with cling film and chill the chicken for 24 hours, but it's also fine to cook them straight away.
  2.   Preheat the grill or light the BBQ. Then cook the chicken for 5-6 minutes each side, turning once and brushing or spooning over more marinade as you go, until the chicken is browned and glossy. Serve the chicken on a bed of dressed salad leaves.


A little old lady calls her neighbour and says,'Come and look at my jig-saw.' 
'What is it supposed to be when it's finished?' she says.
A rooster was the reply. So she goes round and sees all the pieces spread across the table. Then she says, 'Firstly, no matter what we do we're never going to be able to assemble all those pieces to look like a rooster, and secondly let's have a nice cup of tea and put the cornflakes back in the box!'   

Finally, have a laugh and click here (reminds me of someone!): running machine


Jonathan and the gang.


-A Passion For Family History-

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