Parish Register Newsletter: November 2010


A warm welcome to the parishregister  November newsletter, or if you live over here, it's not so warm! Well, we've got a bumper crop of new searchable databases and CDs for you this month. We've uploaded three databases, brought out the next CD in our single CD series and also two, yes TWO new compendiums. I won't repeat myself by saying what they are , as it's all just below! 

Searchable Databases

St Andrew, Bethnal Green 1843 to 1876  760 entries 

St Mary, Stratford 1831 to 1843 1586 entries

St Dunstan 1656-1668 Entries: 10046 entries

Last month: St Dunstan Stepney 1652-1656 4797 entries  

                 St Anthony Globe Road Stepney 1879-1903 2886 entries

To search these databases, or any other then click here: search 

New CD 

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This month:

St Mary Whitechapel Parish Registers 1758-1865 Compendium CD

This CD comprises:

Vol 57 1758-1774
Vol 63 1774-1792
Vol 20 1792-1812
Vol 18 1813-1823
Vol 30 1823-1832
Vol 51 1832-1842
Vol 33 1842-1865

If you bought these separately that would be 7 lots of £7.95, what's that, nearly £56, but we're offering you this compendium at a bargain price of £24.99 for this month only.

To purchase this product please click here: St Mary 

St Paul Shadwell Parish Registers 1712-1881 Compendium CD

This CD comprises:

Vol 27 1712-11734
Vol 31 1734-1754
Vol 35 1755-1774
Vol 24 1775-1812
Vol 42 1813-1827
Vol 44 1828-1852
Vol 3  1852-1881

Once again we're offering you this compendium at a bargain price of £24.99 also, so if you would like this CD please click here: St Paul 

Volume 76 St Dunstan, Stepney 1608-1628 (10040 entries)

To buy this CD please click here: Vol 76

Last month:

Volume 75 St Dunstan Stepney 1568-1608 (8104 entries) 

To buy this CD please click here: Vol 75

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

Now In Transcription

St James the Great Bethnal Green 1844-1869

St George in the East 1877-1893

Christchurch Spitalfields 1843-1865  

St George in the East 1893-1904

St Dunstan Stepney 1668-onwards!

Other selected products

East of London Family History Society

Tower Hamlets Rate Books (Vol 1)- Disc 1  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:

My Ancestor Worked On The Thames

My Ancestor Worked On The River Thames by Rob Cottrell.A guide
to help you find where they worked.

The CD covers both sides of the Thames and gives details of nearly every
wharf, creek, river buoys, watermens stairs, riverside taverns etc., plus
history and interesting facts.

To buy this excellent CD please click here: My Ancestor

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Apprenticeship Bindings 1950-1959


Indexed from the original register at Waterman's Hall.

A typical entry reads as follows:

with the first name being the apprentice and the latter his master. The first date is the binding date, the second the freedom date.

Excellent value at £4.95, so if you'd like to buy the latest in this series please click here: bindings

All of the years previous to this can be found here: More bindings

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!

Rob's CDs include records of marriages, baptisms, burials and cemetry 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 man, many more....have a look!

Research Srevices: If you've come to a dead end in your research then you might want to give Esme an email  at She will discuss your requirements and advise on options. If you want her to undertake research on your behalf, she will agree a proposal and a price. Typically, you will receive a written report, setting out the objectives, itemising in detail the sources and documents searched and discussing the results (both positive and negative). Photocopies of relevant entries will be included.

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. 

£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  (still only £2.25)

Waterman & Parish Register Special Offer Price: £129.93

Book Shop

A Century of the East End (Century of South of England)by Rosemary Taylor and Chris Lloyd


This fascinating selection of photographs illustrates the extraordinary transformation that has taken place in the East End during the 20th century. The book offers an insight into the daily lives and living conditions of local people and gives the reader glimpses and details of familiar places during this century of unprecedented change. Many aspects of the East End's recent history are covered, famous occasions and individuals are remembered and the impact of national and international events is witnessed. The book provides a striking account of the changes that have so altered the East End's appearance and records the process of transformation.Drawing on detailed local knowledge of the community, and illustrated with a wealth of black-and-white photographs, this book recalls what the East End has lost in terms of buildings, traditions and ways of life. It also acknowledges the regeneration that has taken place and celebrates the character and energy of local people as they move through the first years of this new century.

To buy this wonderful publication please click here: East End

Children of Bethnal Green by Doris M. Bailey.


Bethnal Green is at the heart of London's East End, infamous as the stamping ground of gangland bosses the Kray Twins. In this book the world of Bethnal Green's back streets in the 1920s, 1930s and during the Second World War is vividly recalled: the endless struggle to make ends meet, the little shops and the people who ran them, street sellers, and the very different world of Sunday school and chapel. Doris Bailey's talent for creating character, her eye for detail and sense of fun, combine to make this what the "Daily Telegraph" described as 'one of the best books ever to be written about the East End'. This fully revised and expanded edition has been illustrated with photographs from Tower Hamlets Local History Library and also includes line drawings.

If you'd like this book for £12.99 please click here: Children

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 (only a few of these left!) If you want one please click on the title above. 

The City Of London by Brian Girling


This book is usually £12.99 but for this month only it's £7.99! (I know I said this last week, but we've got a couple left!) If you want it please click here: C of L

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


Click here if you want it! BG

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.

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

A funny sounding site, but one that I've found very interesting with sections on the city of London, the Cockneys, the Victorians, historical figures, places, and streets in the Square Mile, and lots more of interest. Barry also does guided walks in the city, so if you're visiting anytime you might want to consider one.

I find the history of the city of London very interesting, I suppose because I live so close to it, and have occasion to walk through it quite often. On my way to the Guildhall I manage to walk through so many little alleys and past so many churches. This precipitated me to want to find out more about all of these churches and this site is a mine of information in this respect.

THe Old Bailey Online

I know I've mentioned this site before, and indeed found some relatives who were tried at the Old Bailey, but I just thought I'd mention it again, as we're always getting new subscribers to the newsletter. Once again, I find the historical background section really fascinating. Here is just a little extract from it.

'This was not, however, a London without its problems. During the second half of the 1710s and 1720s, Londoners were sharply divided over the legitimacy of the new Hanoverian regime, and infected with corrosive religious bigotries that regularly erupted in riots and assaults against both Protestant non-conformists and Catholics. See for example the trials associated with the "Mug-house Riots" of 1715-16. Vicious crimes punctuated these decades, and the Proceedings themselves, bringing as they did the lurid details of crime to a new audience, in combination with the new periodical press, ensured that a new fear of crime and anxiety about social disorder gripped the hearts of many.'

Oh yes, this reminds me, have you been watching Garrow's Law? Her indoors finds it boring, as opposed to the X factor, but I think it's brilliant and love the court scenes. If you haven't seen it yet, it's on Sundays at 9 o'clock on the Beeb. It's on I player, so you could catch up on previous episodes.

I get a monthly newsletter from the National Archives and found two items of interest in it this month. The first was a tool that allows you to search and view digitised historical photographs of the UK and Ireland. Starting with the Dixon-Scott collection, which holds more than 14,000 photographs taken in the 1920s-1940s, you can search by location and view images for free. Here's a link to it: Dixon

The second was Domesday on a map. It takes ages to load on my computer, but hopefully you'll have better luck! To have a play with this tool click here: Domesday

Ramblings from the Council Estate

What's been going on in Legon's world then? Well, first of all, I'm tired! You know how it is, you work hard in the week, well quite hard, then you look forward to a good old lie-in at the weekend. Unfortunately, this hasn't gone to plan the last few weeks. Three weeks ago, eagle eyed as ever, I spotted stacks of bollardy type things outside the flats. They stayed there all week, taunting me, but nothing else happened, until 8 o'clock saturday morning when the drilling started! I looked out of the window and the pavement was blocked off and they were digging it up. In these times of austerity it did occur to me that it was a slight waste of the taxpayers coffers to replace a perfectly good pavement with another, but this bothered me less than losing my sleep catch-up. Never mind I thought, it's just a one off. But, no you guessed it, it wasn't, they were still doing it the next weekend! Fortunately, by the next weekend, they had moved further up the road, and virtually out of ear shot. What a relief I thought. Have you guessed yet what happened this morning? Yup, woken up by more drilling! They're coming back down the other side of the road!!!!

Oh yes, don't you love fireworks,so spectacular and exciting! Well, I think you'd think differently if you lived round here. Round here, they constitute a bit of excitement for local yooffs! What am I talking about you ask (I'm guessing). Well one evening, or late afternoon should I say, I was cycling home from school, passing a small row of shops when first I heard a loud shriek then out of the corner of my eye I caught a glimpse of a rocket heading straight for me! I covered my face and hoped for the best, still managing to stay upright on my trusty stead. Thud, the rocket struck the shop window. A passing man then remonstrated with them, pointing out a a woman pushing a child some ten yards away. Oh yeah, they said, sorry about that. So remorseful was one of them that he promptly lit up another. This one he held in his hand and round like a headless chicken as different coloured grenades came puffing out of the offending firework. They all thought this hilarious. I had had enough, and although I had no credit, as usual, on my phone, I knew it would work with 999. I got through to the operator and told her what was going on. She said she would send someone, then asked me whether I wanted to give my name. I said 'do you want my name?' to which she said 'do you want to give it! ' I said, 'you started this, do you want it, or not?!' Unbelievably, she then said, 'well it's up to you!' I thought to myself 'this is like something out of a sitcom' and then gave my first name. You know what things got a bit sillier after that! I expected a 'community support officer' to come strolling round the corner after a few minutes, but no screeching round the corner came a van load of bobbies, then another appeared from another direction! they piled out of the van and started rounding up a group of school kids. 'No!' I shouted, 'that's not them, the ones you're after went through that block of flats!'So they all piled in again, and set off round the corner. By this time I was getting cold, so I thought I'd leave them to it, and off I set. After about thirty seconds another, (yes that's three!), van load of Britain's finest appeared and this time descended on an oldish gentleman who just happened to be standing there minding his own business. Once again, I piped up, and said, 'No, I said they were kids from the school round the corner!' So once again they all jumped back in their van, like the Keystone cops, but without the truncheons, and off they went.

I've just exchanged emails with mother dear who is now basking in sunshine in NZ and who could do with a drop of rain for the garden. I'd gladly swop with her 'cause winter has arrived indecently early here in the Blightey. Mowing the grass was ever so slightly amusing last week, it was more of a case of mowing the frost! It's testing my resolve to go out running, but thus far I've managed to stick to my rather conservative running schedule. I'm just managing three gentle jogs a week, totally a paltry 17 miles at the moment. Still, I think I'm just about managing to burn off the same amount of calories I'm ingesting in the form of cake at the moment so my waistline is holding its own at the moment, although my main priority at the moment is my knees and thankfully they are holding up under the strain of my body pounding the streets mile after mile.

I had a nice little treat at school last week. I'm not sure why, because I wasn't paying attention, but the head honcho needed someone to cover either year 2 or the nursery for a couple of hours in the morning. Then I heard my name mentioned, and then 'nursery'! The deputy honcho claimed year 2, so that left me with the nursery. I bravely accepted the challenge and ventured in. Taking the register was quite an epic in itself. You don't just say the kids' names, oh no, you sing them, then ask (still singing) if they are feeling happy or sad and they put their thumbs up or down. Once that ordeal was over the kids got to choose activity, one of them being a messy activity that involved flour and water. I made an executive decision and gave that dubious pleasure to the nursery nurse and went outside into the outside play area. Here they little people whizzed around on bicycles, played in tents, went fishing for wooden fish and some just chose to follow me wherever I went and asked daft questions like, why haven't you got any hair in the middle of your head?!

Fancy making a gorgeous, lip smacking raspberry and blueberry lime drizzle cake which I had all to myself last week? If you do then click here, I really recommend you give it a go, although probably share it with someone else!

I'll leave you with a few one-liners:

Police Station toilet stolen....Cops have nothing to go on.

Schizophrenia beats being alone.

If at first you don't succeed, redefine success.

Hard work never killed anyone, but why chance it?

The meek shall inherit the earth.....after we're through with it.

It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere.  

Losing a husband can be hard. In my case it was almost impossible.

My Wild Oats Have turned to Shredded Wheat!

Is reading in the bathroom considered multi-tasking?

What happens if you get scared half to death twice?

Fancy seeing a pole dancing bear, then click here: bear

All the best to all of you, and a happy Christmas!


Jonathan and the team


-A Passion For Family History-

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