Parish Register Newsletter: July 2014

Hello everyone and welcome to yet another parishregister newsletter! This month we've released another baptism CD,  Vol 104 St Mary, Whitechapel 1635-1665 ,which brings us to a grand total of 104 CDs each and every one of them a veritable goldmine of information which always throw up fascinating nuggets of information. Also we've another new CD, Volume 97 St Alphege, Greenwich 1837-1851 Baptism, Marriage and Burials from the Thames and River Medway series.
There are also more special offers on some of our CDs, big discounts on some great books, some interesting sites I've come across and of course my usual ramblings at the end!

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Last month's new CD was:

Volume 103 St Jude, Bethnal Green baptisms 1846-1875 4800 entries

This month's new CDs are:

Vol 104 St Mary Whitechapel 1635-1665 9154 entries

Volume 97 St Alphege, Greenwich 1837-1851 Baptism, Marriage and Burials(including all pages missed in error when microfilmed)

This Month's Special Offers!!!!

This month I've decided to keep all of our marriage CDs at a bargain price £4.95! They are a mine of information, and some go back over 400 years! 
To take a look at all of them please click here 

Also this month I'm offering our last two compendium CDs at £20 below the normal price which is £49.99, so now they are only £29.99!

Docklands Ancestors Compendium CD9: Vols 91-100
This CD comprises volumes 91-100 of the Docklands Ancestors series of parish register Baptism transcriptions.

Volume 91 St George in the East 1877-1893 
Volume 92 St Dunstan, Stepney 1689-1697
Volume 93. St Luke, Limehouse 1893-1906
Volume 94 St Dunstan, Stepney 1697-1704
Volume 95 St Matthew, Bethnal Green 1746-1790
volume 96 St Mary, Whitchapel 1558-1590
volume 97 St Dunstan Stepney 1704-1712
volume 98 St Mary, Whitchapel 1590-1605
volume 99 St Bartholomew, Bethnal Green 1844-1872
volume 100 St Dunstan, Stepney 1712-1719

Docklands Ancestors Compendium CD8: Vols 81-90
This CD comprises volumes 81-90 of the Docklands Ancestors Series of parish register Baptism transcriptions.

Volume 81 St Dunstan, Stepney 1652-1656 
Volume 82 St Mary Stratford, Bow 1831-1843
Volume 83. St Dunstan, Stepney 1656-1668
volume 84 St James the Great 1844-1869
volume 85 St Andrew Bethnal Green 1843-1876
volume 86 Christ Church Spitalfields 1843-1875
volume 87 St Dunstan Stepney 1668-1679
volume 88 St George in the East Stepney 1893-1901
volume 89 St Dunstan Stepney 1680-1689
volume 90 St Matthew Bethnal Green 1790-1799
To search the marriage records click here: Marriages Don't forget you don't pay to search, all you pay for is for results!

To search all our baptism records click hereGood luck! These are still at the bargain price of £3.50!

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

Take a look at our exclusive prints of Thames Watermen! These are excellent value at only £6 each and would look great in any room (with a nice frame) or would make an excellent present for those of you with waterman or lighterman friends!

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
A 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 1703 to 1758

St Luke Limehouse 1846-1875

St John Bethnal Green 1837-1891

Interesting/Useful Sites
Certificate Exchange This web site provides a free service for genealogists and family historians who would like to offer their unwanted BMD certificates, wills or medal rolls to other family historians who are researching ancestors with the same name.

Lancashire Census online

The Yorkshire Census

The UK 1861 census-1861 news!

Parish Records
Watermen and Lightermen Section: selected CDs

Apprenticeship Bindings 1688-1692

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These are the earliest known surviving
indexes from the original register at Waterman's Hall, these records complete the coverage of the apprenticeship bindings.


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. 

1628 Admiralty Muster of Watermen

James has 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.

1648 Petition of Watermen for the King.

This document, from the House of Lords, records the names of 2,026 watermen from the last year of the reign of Charles I. It was instigated by the Royal Bargemasters, Nowell Warner and Robert Bursey, and written by the clerk to the Company, Thomas Lowe.

The Petition is the vital link between the earlier 1628 Admiralty Muster and the beginnings of the Company's records in 1692.

Also included on the CD are an index to the names, commentary & analysis by James and image samples of the original 350 year old scroll together with a 1673 list of Watermen in the Tower of London.

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 and an excellent waterman book to add to your collection! 




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.
Hardback, published jointly with London Metropolitan Archives. Publication no 164 (2005) By London Topographical Society

WE HAVE ONLY GOT  1 IN STOCK, it is extremely rare, and can only continue to go up in value!



East End Murders:From Jack the Ripper to Ronnie Kray By Neil Storey. THIS BOOK IS NOW HALF PRICE AT LESS THAN £5!
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

Tales of London's Docklands by Henry Bradford ALSO ONLY £4.99!!!!

"Tales of London's Docklands" is an anthology of true stories, drawn from Henry Bradford's personal experience as a Registered Docker in the Port of London - when traffic through the docks was at its peak

Voices of Stepney By DEE GORDON ALSO ONLY £4.99!!!!!

The book is the unique and fascinating result of many conversations with people who lived and worked in Stepney during 1950 and 1960. Vivid memories are recounted- focusing particularly on social change there is also memories of Stepney Green, the Royal London hospital, cable Street and Brick Lane.

Canning Town Voices (Chalford Oral History S.)by Howard Bloch

Newham Dockland (Images of England S.) by Howard Bloch.
A fascinating collection of 200 images, this book reveals a vanished world,which few people knew.

Changing Times: Southwark Remembered by John D Beasley.

Illustrated with over 130 old photographs Southwark Remembered documents the changing face of the area over the past 150 years and will appeal to those who know or who have lived in the area

Greenwich (Archive Photographs)

This book looks at the history of the Borough of Greenwich from the 1850s to the end of the 20th century. 

Remembering Romford (In Old Photographs S.)by Brian Evans 

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

The City Of London by Brian Girling

Excellent value at less than a fiver!!!

Hackney Memories by Alan Wilson.

Now a further £2 off this excellent read!

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

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

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

First the good news; you'll be pleased to hear that my ear is better! If you recall I was told that it would take 6 to 8 weeks to get better which meant I had to cancel my debut triathlon as I couldn't go swimming. Consequently I froze my swimming membership and resigned myself to doing a triathlon at a later date. Now, the funny thing is, I went back to the doctor a couple of weeks after finishing the anti-biotics and guess what, it was all clear, after just 3 weeks.....could have done the triathlon after all! Still, the consolation is that instead of doing the triathlon we're spending five lazy days in Norfolk, then another few days up in sunny Yorkshire!
Oh yes, I forget whether I've been keeping you updated about my nose situation! Cast your minds back a year and you may remember I had a nose job; well not quite a nose job, I'm quite happy with the shape of my nose, although it is slightly on the large side.....where was I? Oh yes, my nose is always blocked and last year's op was meant to sort that out, but it made no difference; I still have to breathe through my mouth and I snore like a trooper! Anyway, the long and the short of it is that they are going to have another crack at it next month...yes next month; not during school time, but during my time off!! Plus it means putting up with a bloody nose and wearing a silly looking bandage stretching from one ear to the other for however many days much to the amusement of Her Indoors!
Looks like I spoke (or wrote) too soon! Since writing the first paragraph, and just before going on holiday, would you Adam and Eve it, I've had more pain in my lug hole! So, it was back to the doc who told me I've got another ear infection! More anti-biotics, plus drops this time, this despite me using ear plugs when I go swimming!

Feeling peckish? How about giving this recipe a go? Fruit Brack a deliciously fruity Irish loaf with a little twist!

If you love cats you'll love this! CATS

Okey dokey everyone, I'm off on my hols, so have a good August and I'll be in touch at the end of the month!

Jno and the gang!


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