Parish Register Newsletter: August 2009

Welcome to the parishregister August newsletter. I'm almost at the end of my six weeks summer holidays, it's just not enough really, another couple of weeks would have been perfect! I'm only joking, I'm always getting stick from people who say us teachers get far too much holiday. Anyway, I've been away a couple of times this month (see my ramble at the end), but apart from that I've had time to relax and obviously get this newsletter out before September.

Searchable Databases 

Christchurch Spitalfields 1763-1795 9747 entries 

Merchant Taylors 1530-1928 - to search this database please click here Merchant Taylors

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New CDs

The Catholic Family History Society has released its next CD, "The Registers of the Sardinian Embassy Chapel, London, 1772 - 1841" (Church of SS Anselm and Cecilia in Holborn). This comprises indexed transcriptions of over 22,000 baptisms hitherto unpublished, a work which has taken them about 10 years to produce!!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: CFHS

The Merchant Taylors 1520-1929 (Exclusive to Docklands Ancestors!)

This is a transcription of the original 36000 index consisting of all 4 volumes in alphabetical order.
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

Coming next: Volume 64 Christ Church Spitalfields 1729-1763

After that: Volume 65 Christchurch Spitalfields 1763-1795

In transcription

St George in the East 1848-1861

St George in the East 1861-1877  

St John Wapping 1665-1707

St Dunstan Stepney 1837-1848

Other selected products

East of London FHS Publications

Selected product:

Census 1891 Hackney Part 1

Covering: Stoke Newington, Stamford Hill, West Hackney and Hackney

To purchase this product please click here: EoLFHS

Catholic Marriages and Baptisms

SS. Mary and Joseph, Poplar Roman Catholic Chapel.

Marriages and Baptisms 1818 - 1856

Marriages:- Bride, Groom and may include parents and witnesses.
Baptisms:- Name of baptised, and may include Mother, Father and sponsors

To buy this CD please click here: Catholic1

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
Bavarian Embassy Baptisms 1748-1838
Bavarian Embassy Marriages 1747-1840
St Aloysius Baptisms 1802-1839 and Confirmations 1808-1820
St Boniface Baptisms 1812-1862
St Mary Moorfields Baptisms 1763-1839
St Moorfield Marriages 1777-1821
St Mary Moorfields Burials 1819-1853
Virginia Street Chapel, Wapping, Baptisms 1789-1800
Westminster St Mary Baptisms 1809-1838

To buy this CD please click here: Catholic 2

Watermen & Lightermen

Selected product: Thames Waterman Collection

This special offer comprises ALL of the published CDs relating to Watermen & Lightermen. It is specifically aimed at those with Waterman & Lighterman ancestors starting out on their family history research.
Included are:
1. My Ancestor was a Thames Waterman: A Guide to Tracing your Thames Waterman & Lighterman Ancestors. This is a printed book, by James, published by the Society of Genealogists, now in its 2nd edition. This book is the starting point for research into the fascinating world of the Thames Watermen

2. Apprenticeship Bindings Indexes 1692-1908.65,000 entries. This CD is the starting point for your research. If you've a Company of Watermen ancestor, he's on this CD.

3. Apprenticeship Bindings Indexes 1909-1925. This is the follow up CD to Rob’s early 1692-1908 CD.

4. Apprenticeship Bindings Indexes 1925-1949. This CD takes the apprenticeship bindings records up to the middle of the 20th century

5. Pensioners Admitted for Relief 1794-1837.

6. Watermen in the Navy c1803-1809

7. Admiralty Muster 1628. The earliest list of watermen, comprising some 2,200 men, with ages.

8. My Ancestors Worked on the River Thames, an e-book by Rob Cottrell. The essential guide to where your ancestor was working.

9. Royal Asylum at Penge 1899: Subscribers & Inmates. Scanned book.

10. Reassigned Apprentices 1688-1908. The follow up to the Bindings Indexes, with details of over 12,000 reassigned boys.

11. 1648 Petition of Watermen for the King. This transcription bridges the gap between the earlier 1628 Admiralty Muster and the beginnings of the Company's archives in 1692.

12. Waterman & Lighterman Archives at the Guildhall Library. The essential listing of all of the publicly accessible archives at the Guildhall Library.

13. My Ancestors Rowed for Doggett’s Coat & Badge Race 1715-2007. This CD lists not only the winners, but the other competitors too. It also explores the history of the race, the life of Thomas Doggett and is lavishly illustrated throughout. Compiled from primary sources, this is the most comprehensive work on the man and his race available.

The transcriptions on these CDs were done by Rob Cottrell and James Legon. The original documents come from the Company of Watermen, the National Archives, the Guildhall Library and the House of Lords Record Office. They were painstakingly transcribed over many years.

The usual price if bought separately of these 13 items is £117.90. The Special Offer is priced at £84.95, a saving of £32.95, plus a saving on postage too.

Take it from us folks, if you're starting out in family history and you've discovered you've a Waterman ancestor, don't waste your money buying all the CDs separately, buy this because you will end up buying them anyway!

To buy the collection please click here: Thames Waterman Collection

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

Drawn by Cecil Brown with notes by Ralph Hyde, published by The London Topographical Society


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

Ecclesiastical Map-County of London 1903 


Price: £5.00 To buy this map please click here

London and It's Environs 1813


Price: £3.95 To buy this map please click here

Rocque's 1745 Survey of London


Price: £7.95 To buy this map please click here

To view our comprehensive Alan Godfrey maps collection please click here

Docklands Ancestors Parish Register CDs (64 CDs now to choose from)

Docklands Ancestors Parish Register CDs - Compendiums

Special offer! Compendium 5, normal price £49.95 (this was obviously a bargain already as the ten separate CDs would cost around £80) now only £29.95, a saving of £20 or £50 which ever way you want to look at it!!

Volume 51 St Mary, Whitechapel Baptism Registers 1832-1842
Volume 52 St George in the East Baptism Registers 1795-1808
Volume 53 St Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey Baptism Registers 1813-1822
Volume 54 St Mary Newington, Southwark Baptism Registers 1837-1842
Volume 55 St Anne, Limehouse Baptism Registers 1783-1812
Volume 56 St Dunstan, Stepney Baptism Registers 1826-1835
Volume 57 St Mary, Whitechapel Baptism Registers 1758-1774
Volume 58 St Dunstan, Stepney Baptism Registers 1770-1798
Volume 59 Christ Church, Stepney Baptism Registers 1842-1860
Volume 60 All Saints, Mile End Baptism Registers 1840-1880

If you'd like to take advantage of this amazing, once in a lifetime offer, please click here  special offer

Other compendiums:

Southwark Parish Registers 

St George in the East Parish Registers Part I 1729-1826

Isle of Dogs Parish Registers

Limehouse Parish Registers

Stepney Parish Registers

Wapping Parish Registers 

Research Services: Our particular areas of expertise include the Company of Watermen and Lightermen Archives and Parish Records for both the City of London and the East End. However, we undertake all aspects of research including Census Data, Electoral Rolls, Wills, Newspaper Searches etc.
If you think we might be able to help you then do contact us. Email Esme at


Book Shop

New Titles:

The Plagues of London
In this absorbing history Stephen Porter uses the voices of stricken Londoners themselves to describe what life was like in the plague-riven capital. Because of the number of its victims, the foulness of the disease, the disruption it caused, the plague has cast a very long shadow, and its reputation is such that it still makes headlines and has the capacity to frighten us. As England's biggest city and international port, London was especially vulnerable and suffered periodic epidemics,some of which killed at least one-fifth of its population....

A Bethnal Green Memoir: Recollections of Life in the 1930s-1950s-Memories of growing up in the East End between the wars by Derek Houghton

Bermondsey Boy-Memories of a Forgotten World By Tommy Steele (yes, THE Tommy Steele)

Other selected Titles

East End Murders:From Jack the Ripper to Ronnie Kray By Neil Storey.
True Crime History

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

Hackney Memories by Alan Wilson

Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth

The City Of London by Brian Girling

Around Poplar and Limehouse, by Gavin Stirling

Dockland Apprentice by David Carpenter

Maritime Greenwich By David Ramzan

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

One-Off Books (used, all good condition)

The Ship-Different types of vessels classed in Lloyd's Register book - Steam tramps and Cargo liners 1850-1950 (National Maritime Museum) (£3 plus p & p)

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

The City London's Square Mile by Alan Jenkins (£4 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.

Useful Sites


Local HistoryA very interesting site which includes articles on the growth of Stoke Newington and Muswell Hill; many maps, including, you might like to know, extracts of the London Bomb Damage book that so many people are now trying to get their hands on; a fascinating section on buildings and many more. Talking of the bomb damage book, which I've seen going for £300 upwards now, I've finally clapped my eyes on an actual copy of it in the Hackney Archives. I knew there was one in the LMA, but not here. Anyway, security isn't that hot there, so next time I visit I'll be wearing an extra large overcoat!

In the National Archives site I've found some very interesting Podcasts on subjects including Royal Naval medals: an introduction , Prison: five hundred years behind bars , Every journey has two ends: using passenger lists , Tracing your ancestors: a case study featuring the Darwin family , and The parish: administration and records . This is just a small sample, so I would strongly recommend you have a look, there will be something that you'll find interesting.

Also, I would suggest you check out the National Archive Book sale which has 22 fiction and non-fiction books for sale at bargain prices, there's bound to be something of interest there for you, assuming you haven't spent all your lolly in our book shop!

You know what, this National Archives site is like the painting of the Forth Bridge; by the time you've got to the end they've added something else!

 I've had a few people contact me recently with queries relating to street names so I think you will find this site very useful, Victorian London A-Z Street IndexThe third phase of theVictorian London Street Index is now complete and contains over 61,000 references. A note of caution for family and local history researchers. During the latter-half of the nineteenth century, Metropolitan London was rapidly being rebuilt. Slums were demolished and replaced with new houses and a lot of demolition of roads took place to make way for the railways. Without consulting contemporary maps, a named road may not always be exactly the same road throughout it's history. Equally important, house numbers would change to keep pace with any demolition and rebuilding taking place. Courts and Buildings were named after the owner of the property, and when these properties changed ownership, these places were often renamed. In 1888 the General Post Office and London County Council conducted a renaming and renumbering scheme to eliminate duplicate road names throughout the LCC and to renumber houses consistently with the lowest number being closest to the local post office. This means that a house located in 1851 need not be the same house today, or even in subsequent censuses.

St George in the East Church 

A really interesting site on this maginficent church detailing the history of the church building; giving then and now pictures of the interior; explaining all about the crypt which was rebuilt after the war, and there's a section on the churchyard and gardens, plus loads more.


Ramblings from the Council Estate

Well, what's he been up to the last four weeks, you must be wondering. Well at first I didn't think I had done much, but after a few minutes of contemplation and searching the deep, dark depths of my ever so poor memory, I've remembered a few things.

A week or so after returning from France we took another trip to Sheffield to visit Will and Phil (my brother and his lovely wife) Believe it or not, not everything went entirely to plan! Will e-mailed me just prior to departure and suggested we meet him at a rockface in Derbyshire. 'I'm not climbing no rocks!' was my other half's initial response, 'Course not dear,' I reassured her. Just before we got there we texted him so he could come and meet us and escort us to said rock. No answer, so then I phoned him, 'I'm halfway up the rock', came the reply. He gave me some dodgy directions, so off we set, climbing increasingly difficult terrain, with constant mutterings from my reluctant partner. Anyway we eventually got there (by the wrong route, as it turned out!) I've done a bit of climbing before so I did scale the rock a couple of times, what a feeling once you've scrambled over the top! At this point I better give Will's business a bit of a plug, as promised. His business is called  Will4adventure and if you're after a guided adventure, hill climbing weekends, guided walking weekends or even a trip to Everest, then he's your man! The rest of the two days involved a lovely birthday meal for her indoors, a 5 mile run (with dog), and of course more hassle with Will's Satnav sending me down bus lanes and dead ends!

We also took a trip up to Norfolk to visit John and Margaret, my uncle and his equally lovely wife. Guess what ? they've got a dog too, so more walking for my now fitter other half (one day I might tell you her name, but for now I'll keep you waiting, although here's your first clue; it begins with S.) What a lovely part of the world! We went for a walk along a lovely beach, the name of which has escaped me, and also went for a stroll along part of a river whose name I've also forgotten! I'm also eternally grateful to John who managed to get four nuts off a vital piece of equipment I need for my gardening; bet you can't guess what it was! Oh yes, thanks Margeret for the lovely grub!

Update on my training for the 10K and half marathon-I've acquired a trainer, yes, you've guessed it, S......, she's taken me under her wing. She's boned up on diet (which included nuts, brown rolls, brown pasta, brown rice, in fact anything brown), training schedules etc and is supervising my punishing training regime (from the comfort of the couch mind you), and at present I'm on target for a time of about 49 minutes; for the 10K, not the half marathon! 'Is that all!' piped up Will, 'You should be aiming for 42 minutes!' 'I'm 46 years old!' was my response.

Hey, as I struggled to get to sleep last night a few disturbing thoughts came into my head so I thought I would share them with you before they fade from my memory; when you're waiting for a bus, why do more buses always pass the other way? Also, why do people use the phrase 'quite unique'? Oh and surely it isn't possible to give 110% effort, and aren't the phrases 'up to 50% off' and 'terms and conditions apply' very annoying, and finally don't you hate it when football managers say 'the boy done well'!

Before I sign off with a joke and a little ditty from S...... I'd just like to say very well done to Talisa for getting 10 GCSEs and an AS level in French, James would be proud!

Ok, the ditty, S..... recently had a phone call at work (she works for a regulator, I remember telling you), well when she asked for his name.... he said 'Ronald McDonald',  at that point S didnt know quite what to say, was he pulling her leg? she thought. Well it transpired that he wasn't, the poor gentleman was in his eighties and had the misfortune to acquire this name before the chain started its quest for world domination!!   

And finally here's the joke I promised you:

Bob was in trouble. He forgot his wedding anniversary. His wife was really annoyed. She told him: "Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in 6 seconds AND IT BETTER BE THERE!!"  The next morning he got up early and left for work. When his wife woke up, she looked out the window and sure enough there was a box gift-wrapped in the middle of the driveway. Confused, the wife put on her robe and ran out to the driveway, brought the box back in the house. She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale. Bob has been missing since Friday!

All the best

Jonathan and the team

p.s if you want to see a cat shadow box click here cat 


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