Parish Register Newsletter: September 2010

A very warm welcome to the parishregister  September newsletter. Obviously you're all desperate to know how I got on in the marathon, so I'll get straight to it.......4 hours and 7 minutes!!!! Although, of course that's not the whole story; in actual fact I ran more than the required 26.2 miles! Anyway, more of that later. What have I got for you in this month's newsletter? Well, another new database, another new CD and an old favourite returns to the book department; East Enders' Postcards 

Searchable Databases

This month: St Dunstan Stepney 1641-1652 There are over 10000 entries to search in this latest in a series of St Dunstan databases. If you happen to be looking for anyone with a surname of: Clark, Green, Hall Cooke, Evans, Cole, Ellis, Jones, King, Martin, Matthew (or variations of), Moore, Taylor, Thomas, Stevens/Steevens or Wright you won't be disappointed as these are amongst the most popular. Remember I had a fascination as to why they called it Bednall Green, well in this period although most entries were still spelt this way, they have started to spell it another way, Bethnell Green, most interesting eh? Also of interest is the fact that looking at the addresses, people seemed to come from many neighbouring parishes to have their children baptised in St Dunstans, I suppose reflecting the fact that this is one of the oldest churches. One last amusing thing I spotted was an occupation, which was a Tuft Taffety Weaver!???? 

Last month: St Matthew Bethnal Green 1799-1819 Wow, what a popular database this was, I lost count of how many of you found relatives in this parish.

Next month: St Dunstan Stepney 1652-1657 

                 St Anthony Globe Road Stepney 1879-1903

To search the site click here: search 

New CD 

Last month:

Volume 73 St John Wapping 1618-1665 

To buy this CD please click here: St J

This month:

Volume 74

St John Wapping 1707-1734
7125 entries

To purchase this CD please click here: volume 74

To browse our other 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 36000 entry database (you've nothing to lose!)

Now In Transcription

St Mary Stratford Bow 1831-1843

St George in the East 1877-1893

St Anthony Globe Road 1879-1899

St Dunstan Stepney 1652-1657 Other selected products

East of London Family History Society

Tower Hamlets Rate Books (Vol 1)- Disc 1

Miscellaneous Rate Index covering various Areas between 1725-1875

To buy this product please click here: Ratevol1

Tower Hamlets Marriages & Banns (Vol 1)-Disc 3
Holy Trinity Minories 1676 - 1754
Christ Church Spitalfields Banns 1833 - 1861

To buy this product please click here: THM&B

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

To find out more about this CD or buy it please click here: THB

St Andrews

Burials & M.I. St. Andrews Church, Hornchurch. 1576-2000
Monumental Inscriptions and Burials, of 17,195 names for the years of 1576 - 2000.
This month there's £2 off this product. To buy it please click here: St Andrew

Cockney Ancestors

Cockney Ancestor. The first 100.
Now £10, to buy this click here: Cockney


The Frogley Index and Manuscript (History of Barking)

Please click here if you'd like to buy it: Frog

Other products in this series include:

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 

Watermen & Lightermen

You can browse all of the Watermen and Lightermen products by clicking here: W&L but here's my selected CDs of interest in this department:

Company of Watermen Compilation CD 1

This CD comprises the following titles:

1.Company of Watermen & Lightermen Apprenticeship Bindings Indexes 1692-1949
2.Register of licences granted by Corporation of Trinity House to ex-mariners to ply their trade as watermen working on the River Thames 1829-1864
3. Thames Watermen & Lightermen (also wives and widows) pensioners admitted for relief 1794-1837
4. Watermen & Lightermen reassigned to another master during their apprenticeship period 1688-1908

Price if bought separately: £57.80
Saving: £17.85

So if you would like this CD please click on the title of here: CD1

My Ancestor Worked on the Thames  

A snip at £9.95; so if you would like to snap up the snip, click here: snip 

Catholic Registers

SS. Mary and Joseph, Poplar Roman Catholic Chapel.

Marriages and Baptisms 1818 - 1856

To buy this CD please click here: SSMary

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

To buy this CD please click here: Catholic 2

The Registers of the Sardinian Embassy Chapel, London, 1772 - 1841(Church of SS Anselm and Cecilia in Holborn). This comprises indexed transcriptions of over 22000 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: Catholic 3

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

If you would like more details about this CD or you would like to buy it please click here: Catholic 4

Merchant Taylors

The Merchant Taylors 1520-1929 (36000 entries-Exclusive to Docklands Ancestors!) 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

SPECIAL OFFER Compendium CDs 1-5

Docklands Ancestors Parish Register CDs - Compendiums' Department

Docklands Ancestors Parish Register CD Department 

East of London FHS Publications Department 

'Thames & River Medway Series - Compilation CDs'

'Thames & River Medway Series - Single Parish CDs' Rob's now transcribed 85 of these!

Map Department

Ecclesiastical Map-County of London 1903

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

To buy this really useful map (if you're not sure which parish is next to which and wish to search for neighbouring parishes) then click here: Parishmap (a bargain at £5)

Map of Middlesex 1611 by by John Norden and John Speed

Black and white print measures 46cms x 58cms. 

To buy this map for £4.95 plus p&p please click here: Middlesex

A Balloon View of London 1851


To buy one for £6.95 (that's £1.55 off!) click here: Balloon

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


To buy this (folded) map for the bargain price of £4.50 click here: Devastated London

London and Its Environs 1813


Price: £3.95! To buy this map and for more information please London

Rocque's 1745 Survey of London


Price: £7.95 To buy this map and for more information please rocque

 To view our comprehensive Alan Godfrey maps collection please Alangodfrey 

Waterman & Parish Register Special Offer Price: £129.93

Book Shop

Book of the month:

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

This fascinating collection of over 250 archive postcards explores the communities of Stepney, Poplar and Bethnal Green in the East End of London, before they were amalgamated in 1965 to form the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

We're bringing you this limited run edition for the unrivaled price of £10.95 plus p & p so if you want one you'd better be quick!

If you'd like to browse the rest of the book shop we stock books in the following areas:

London History

Watermen and Lightermen including my brother's excellent book:

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

Now in it’s 2nd edition, this book  is the starting point for researching your waterman and lighterman ancestors.

Chapter 1 looks at the history of the watermen, including a brief history of the Company; the working life of a lighterman; the employment status of watermen & lightermen; the Great Dock age; Doggett’s Coat & Badge Race; watermen and the monarchy; Waterman’s Hall; watermen and the Navy; almshouses and charities.

Chapter 2 is a guide to help you trace your watermen and lightermen ancestors. It examines the major sources for research including the Guildhall Library; civil registration; parish registers; census; family history societies; National archives; Houses of Parliament and a case study based on the Legon family.

A comprehensive glossary, bibliography and further reading list follows before the extensive appendices begin. These cover Masters of the Company; Doggett’s winners; plying places on the Thames; Legon family tree; useful addresses and websites; a timeline of the Thames; lighterage companies; clerks of the Company; watermen in the Navy; watermen archives at the Guildhall Library; 1671 table of fares; number of apprentices and freedoms by year; 1809 list of members; London’s Docks; subscriptions for the first Asylum; 1628/9 Admiralty Muster and a list of publications available on CD

East End - History/Archive Photograph Books

Rare Books

One-Off Books (used, all good condition)

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



Interesting Sites


In case you missed them, here are the sites I found last month:

Remembering your east end 

Tower Hamlets History Online 

Australian family history and genealogy

....and here's what I've unearthed this month:

The marriage registers of St. Dunstan's Stepney, in the County of Middlesex (1898)It's not often you get something for nothing but Jim found this and pointed it out to me. Obviously I dived straight in looking for a Legon marriage, but sadly was disappointed, although that's not to say you won't strike it lucky! If you find a marriage of one of your relatives please let me know!

Directgov Not only can you order  birth, marriage, death, civil partnership and adoption certificates online from the General Register Office on this site but it has lots of useful advice about researching your family history  and researching your local or house history

HistorypinThis site places old photos on to images from Google Street View to show how streets and buildings looked in the past. Users who upload pictures can also tag them with dates and explanations for others to view. Pictures have been uploaded by several national archives, including the London Transport Museum.

Here are a few livery companies websites:  





If you would like to see a complete list of all the hundred plus livery companies then click here: list

AUSNZ Passenger lists does what it says on the tin!

Ramblings from the Council Estate

I'm dying to tell you about the marathon so I'll waste no more time and get straight to it! The day started with me getting up at the ungodly hour of 6 am! I wolfed down a couple of slices of toast smothered with ample portions of strawberry jam (one last injection of energy) and a final cup of coffee. That took all of 15 minutes, so after my ablutions I was all set! The trouble was, it was only 6.30 and I only had to get to Hackney Marshes...but you know what it's like, you can't rely on London buses. So off I set, round the corner to Hackney Road. As soon as I got there the 48 arrived, so with no traffic around I arrived at Hackney town hall five minutes later, still with an hour to go before the coach would arrive to take us up to the start in Hertfordshire. I could see no point in wasting £1.20 on another bus, so I thought I'd walk the rest of the way, only a mile or so. I dragged my feet, walked passed my first primary school, (as a newly qualified teacher), had a good look at the new academy opposite Sutton house, walked by Homerton hospital, the old Lesney factory and arrived half an hour early. Mind you I wasn't the only one who had got up with all this excess of nervous energy. The coach journey was uneventful, except for the old boy throwing up, and the unscheduled loo stop 'cause everyone had been topping up their fluid levels ever since they had dragged themselves out of bed. After the usual registration, queueing up for the loo (twice) and a short warm up we were off! I was running with a friend from school, twenty years my junior. Our first hurdle was a foot bridge; helf and safety dictated we weren't to be trusted to cross the level crossing without a train wiping us all out and ruining our finish time so we had to climb the stairs and walk over the bridge! Everything was fine for the next 10 miles or so, then we were confronted with a stream of agitated runners coming towards us shouting, amongst a few choice words, that we were running the wrong way! Oh no, were they deluded, confused or correct? We chose to trust them and turned round, following them like obliging sheep. It turned out that they were right and some dopey 'so and so' had put an arrow sign the wrong way. We got off lightly; we had only ran an extra three or four minutes, the leaders had clocked up an extra 6 kilometres! By now my energy drink had all but run out, but no problem, I thought, there's a drinks station around the corner....oh no there wasn't, nor the next corner or the next, they seemed to have forgotten to put one at the 15K mark! At the thirteen mile point my younger companion, who was expecting to push on and leave me near the end, did a 'William' on me and announced that I should push on and carry on without me, which I duly did. From then on the drinks stations appeared where they should and I kept taking my energy gels and kept reciting over and over in my head 'don't walk, don't walk' as I knew that if I stopped running my muscles would lock up, like an engine with no oil! I didn't stop and 4 hours and seven minutes after the start I had completed my first marathon, and some! I must confess to feeling quite emotional as I crossed the finish line! I knew you're not meant to, but I then collapsed to the ground with exhaustion, and then found that every time I tried to get to my feet I was disabled by agonising cramp. My friend came in 18 minutes after me and about half an hour later I managed to struggle to my feet and we hobbled to the bus stop. It was quite amusing to have an old lady get up and offer me her seat once we got on the bus as she deemed that she was in a better condition to stand than me! One final word, if you want to lose weight, run 26 miles; I lost 10 pounds! Oh yes, one final, final word, I swore a couple of minutes after I finished that I wouldn't do that again.....but I've had a change of heart and signed up for the Sheffield half marathon (a short sprint) as it will be good training for this marathon next year!

I've been back at school a few weeks now, all going fine and dandy except when I started my after school chess club this week. Would you believe it, I've got 4 four year olds signed up! They are barely out of nappies, just potty trained and able to eat by themselves and now I'm meant to teach them how to play chess!!!! One of them has long, curly ginger hair, so naturally enough I was calling the young child 'she' until in the end he chirped up, 'I'm not a she I'm a he!'. Well, it was one of the longest hours ever, but by the end of it I think they now know that pawns (or prawns as one kept saying) can move two places or one, on their first move and one after that, and that they can take diagonally!

The night before my epic run we went out to celebrate my niece's eighteenth birthday which was a very enjoyable experience even though we had to leave slightly earlier than everyone else. But let me take you back to a couple of hours before the meal. Now, I must admit I'm not that particular about how I look when I go out so I normally take instruction from 'her indoors' but this time, for some unknown reason, she declared 'you decide what to wear for once, you're not a child!' I protested, but she insisted, I protested further, but she was adamant. So, I opened the wardrobe, saw a pair of trousers and a shirt and bobs your uncle sorted. That easy? No such luck, 'you can't wear that shirt with those trousers' I was instructed, so I changed the shirt, 'you can't wear that shirt, it's not ironed' I was instructed, so I changed it again, 'I can't believe you've still got that shirt, I thought you had thrown that away ages ago!' I was instructed. So what happened in the end, she chose another pair of trousers and matching shirt and I was sorted!

It appears that I interpreted your silence regarding the recipes I gave you wrongly because after last month's newsletter loads of you got back to me saying you had tried the recipes and, without exception, enjoyed them. So, here you go, here's another

Farmhouse sultana cake

(Her indoors doubles the amount of mixed spice shown in the recipe and serves it without cheese but I'm sure it would be nice with)

MAKES 1 x 18cm-20cm CAKE

  • 250g plain flour
  • 80g ground almonds
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 heaped tsp mixed spice
  • 150g light muscovado sugar
  • 150g unsalted butter diced
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 50ml milk
  • 325g sultanas
  • 75g mixed peel
  • dark rum for brushing
  • caster sugar for dusting
  • medium cheddar to serve

Preheat the oven to 170C/150C fan/gas 3. Have ready an 18cm-20cm loose-bottom cake tin about 7cm deep (we used an 18cm square tin for the cake pictured).

Place the flour, ground almonds, baking powder, spice and sugar in the bowl of a food processor, add the butter and whiz to a fine crumble. Add the eggs, then the milk. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and fold in the sultanas and the mixed peel.

Butter and line the base and sides of the cake tin with nonstick baking paper. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, mounding it in the middle. Bake for about 75 minutes or until a skewer inserted at the centre comes out clean. Liberally brush the top of the cake with rum and dust with caster sugar using a sieve. Leave to cool, then remove the collar and paper.

We road tested this cake at one of my schools and it went down a treat, so why not give it a go!

Since the last newsletter we've had the Autumn equinox, so the nights are now drawing in; how depressing, and it's getting a bit nippy now. I've now been instructed, under pressure, to change the summer duvet for the winter one and you know what will come next, she'll want the heating on, although I would suggest a few more layers instead, wouldn't you agree guys! Oh yes, I think we need a drop in temperature to kill off those pesky little flies that have been invading out terratory the last few months. We thought they might be fruitflies, but ours look nothing like the pictures on the internet! They are very artful! Every time you think you've captured one in your hand, you open it up to see if you got it, and you never have. Her indoors has come up with a sneaky way of getting them though-she fills up a jar with some vinegar and something else (she's still at work, so I can't ask her) , sweet I assume, and they seem to want to dive into it! This has done for most of them, but there's still a few clever ones not willing to commit Harri Kari! (have I spelt that correctly?)

Nearly finished!

Have you ever seen a drunk referee? Well here's one I found on YouTube

And finally here's a few jokes recommended by you know who:

Why do only 10% of men make it to heaven?Because if they all went, it would be Hell!

How many men does it take to tile a bathroom?Two, if you slice them very thinly.

What makes a man think about a candlelight dinner? A power failure.

All the best to all of you!

Jonathan and the team


-A Passion For Family History-

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