Parish Register Newsletter: June 2011

A very warm (it's 30 degrees today) welcome to the June newsletter of parishregister This month we have another St Dunstan Stepney database for you, 1704-1712, another new CD, and I've kept the bookshop bargains for one more month for you! Also, if you want our first 20 CDs (that's 100000 entries) for just a penny under £40 then click here Comp 1

To search our baptism records please click here: Good luck!

The next instalment of St Dunstan's will be on-line soon. If you use facebook you can keep an eye out there , just click here to visit our facebook page:
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New CD 

Last month

St Dunstan Stepney 1652-1656 4797 entries

To buy this CD please click here:
St Dunnies
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

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

This month

 Volume 82 St Mary Stratford, Bow Baptism Registers 1831-1843

To buy this CD please click here: St Mary S

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

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 1712-1719

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

These are our most popular W&L products:

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
under oars.jpg

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




Interesting Sites


Genealogywise Jim, our prolific transcriber of the St Dunstan database, has created a Docklands Ancestors group on this site. It's worth a look in it's own right, but it would be great if you joined our group! All you have to do is email me at and ask me to invite you into our exclusive group-it's that simple!

Talisa, our PR guru and expert Twitterer has, guess what, been twittering on, guess what, our new Twitter page; so it would be great if you joined us here too and became one of our 'followers'. Just log on to twitter and we go under the name of @Parishregister

If you get confused about which churches are in which parishes, and which districts, and sub-districts they come under I found a great timeline that maps it all out for you, I found it on the Tower Hamlets site

Portcities website Explores London’s maritime history 

Proceedings at the Old Bailey An old favourite of mine!

FreeBMD Well worth another look!

 I was wondering the other day who would have the largest collection of occupation records, and you know who it is? The National Archives, here is the page that tells you all about the records they have: Occupations


Ramblings from the Council Estate


Well, what fun and games I've had the last few weeks with my bank! After giving away thousands of my hard earned spodulies last year, I assumed that they would be on top of things and wouldn't have any more similar give-aways, but how wrong can one be. I won't bore you with all the details as I haven't got that much time to spare, but here's the gist of it. There's a  'person' out there who likes to pretend he or she is me, and they have this wizard wheeze of phoning the bank and saying they are me. The bank then carries out 'security' checks and agrees with them, that they are indeed me! Then this person asks them to send money to another account, and the bank agrees to do this! I then spot what's going on, and the bank refunds me the money, saying they have learnt from this. Now, I had a cunning plan to stop this happening again; I told them, in words of one syllable, that I would never ever, phone them up to send money. But, a few weeks back, this 'person'  phoned them again and asked them to send money to another bank. Guess what, my plan failed and they did it again. Once again, I got my money back and received assurances that they would learn from what must have been an awful episode for me. Now, you would think they would be extra, extra careful about people phoning up saying they are me, guessed it, last Thursday it happened yet again! The really daft thing here is I can't get anything done, including getting hold of my own hard earned money without going into a branch with 101 different forms of ID!!! Their days are now numbered, and once I am able to get my mitts on my money I'll be saying adios!

Good news on the fitness front, not mine but her indoors! Something amazing happened the other day; she came in and exclaimed, "I ran for a bus today....and didn't get out of breath!" So all of those hours lifting weights (or the bar, without the weights) and pounding away on the treadmill (occasionally breaking into a jog) and toning up on the contraption that wiggles you to death, has started to pay off.  

Talking of her indoors she thinks you'll love this:

Grenadian Spice Cake

  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter - chilled, cut into tablespoon-size pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk 
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.
    2. In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the lime zest, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the milk, stirring after each addition. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
    3.  Bake for 75 to 90 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a rack to cool completely.

Nobby goes for a job at a chemical factory, the factory manager asks "Have you worked with chemicals before?" "Yes!" Nobby replies. The manager asks "Can you tell me what nitrate is?" Nobby replies "I"m hoping it’s going to be time and a half”  

And finally: funny animals


Jonathan and the gang 


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