Parish Register Newsletter: November 2013

Welcome, welcome one and all to this month's  parishregister newsletter! This month there are more great offers, this time on our other great value compendium CDs!  As I told you last month we've another database of baptism registers on-line, St Jude Bethnal Green 1875-1887 and this month we've also got another installment of St Mary Whitechapel baptisms for the years 1671-1680. Plus there's another baptism CD available, St Bartholomew Bethnal Green 1844-1872

This month's photos on our Facebook page include a water trough in De Beauvoir Road N1, Fortescue Avenue E8, Gransden Ave E8, Elizabeth Fry Road E8, Hackney Town Hall and........well, take a look and 'like' us!

This Month's Special Offer!!!!

This month I'm virtually giving away these three of our compendium CDs, all for less than £20! 

Isle of Dogs Parish Registers. This comprises Docklands Ancestors Series CDs:
Vol 8 St Luke Millwall 1866-1887
Vol 9 Christ Church, Cubbitt Town 1876-1904
Vol 10 All Saints Poplar 1835-1857
Vol 11 St John Cubbitt Town 1887-1902
Vol 15 All Saints Poplar 1813-1835

Limehouse Parish Registers. This comprises Docklands Ancestors Series CDs:
Vol 3 St Paul Shadwell 1852-1881
Vol 4 St James Ratcliff 1841-1913
Vol 6 St Anne Limehouse 1833-1854
Vol 7 St Peter Limehouse 1866-1903

Southwark Parish Registers
This comprises Docklands Ancestors series CD;All Baptisms registers, on one CD, in easily searchable Adobe Acrobat format.
Vol 21 St Mary Newington, Southwark 1829-1837
Vol 54 St Mary Newington, Southwark 1837-1842
vol 2 St Mary Newington, Southwark 1902-1922
vol 23 St Mary, Magdalen, Bermondsey 1782-1812
vol 53 St Mary, Magdalen, Bermondsey 1813-1822
vol 25 St Mary, magdalen, Bermondsey 1822-1829

If you wanted an even better bargain you could of course check out this special offer special offer 1-5

To search the marriage records click here: Marriages

To search all our baptism records click hereGood luck!

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

Last Month 

Compendium 9 

The parishes included are; 

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

To buy this great value CD please click here: comp 9
This Month

Volume 99 St Bartholomew, Bethnal Green 1844 to 1872 baptisms - 6445 entries 

To buy this CD please click here: St Barts

Now In Transcription


St Mary Whitechapel 1680 onward

St Luke Limehouse 1846-1875

St Jude 1846-1875

Interesting/Useful Sites
This month I've found these sites interesting!

St George in the East Church website much of interest here including an article on Dissenters and Nonconformists

Isle of Dogs Life an article on the Greenwich Steam Ferry

New York Times Advice on how to research family history

Deceased Online blog An interesting article on Overleigh cemetery Chester

Watermen and Lightermen Section

If you didn't know already, we have the waterman and lighterman apprenticeship records on CDs. You can buy individual CDs for specific years or you can get them all on one excellent value CD. To have a look at our collection please click here: Apprenticeship Bindings

And, if you have watermen and lightermen ancestors, but are just starting out in your research of them, you can't go far wrong with this special offer!

Thames Waterman Collection

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This special offer comprises ALL of the published CDs relating to Watermen & Lightermen

And, here's another great offer!

Company of Watermen Compilation CD 1

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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 

To view the entire contents of this invaluable CD click here: Collection


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. Now with £20 off!

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 


stmarystjosephCatholic records

Click on the above to discover all of the titles in our catholic records 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 containing the complete database (36000 rexcords) click here: Merchant Taylors' Company Membership Index 1530 - 1928

To search the index click here: MT Index


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To search the entire collection of the single or the compendium CDs please click below:

Trueflare Thames and River Medway single CDs

Trueflare Thames and River Medway compendium CDs

Map Department


To browse all of our maps including the Alan Godfrey collection (still at the old priice) plaese click here: MAPS


We have loads of interesting and rare books for you. To see all of our collection, click here: Books
Here is a selection of our best selling titles:

Ceremonial Barges on the River Thames: A History of the Barges of the City of London Livery Companies and of the Crown by Kenneth Nicholls Palmer 

Water-borne pageantry on the River Thames once formed an important and colourful part of London life. This book traces the origins of these splendours. It is illustrated with colour photographs and reproductions of paintings and engravings.

London from the Thames by Angelo Hornak

Without the Thames, London in its present form would not exist. Its tidal ebb and flow were of such great importance to early navigation that for centuries London was essentially a maritime city. The Thames was also London's main thoroughfare and consequently many famous landmarks line its banks. The Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament, Somerset House and Chelsea Hospital all present their most imposing aspect to the river. LONDON FROM THE THAMES takes the reader on a fascinating boat trip from the Thames Barrier in the east to Hampton Court in the west, exploring this historic river and the buildings and monuments on its banks. Angelo Hornak's stunning photographs, taken from his small boat, offer a unique perspective. The book is organised by chapters corresponding to the districts of London and, in addition to the modern pictures, fascinating engravings that put the Thames in historical perspective. These include views of the Tower of London in the sixteenth century and a Ponte Vecchio-style Old London Bridge with its houses and shops.

Around Lewisham and Deptford in Old Photographs by John Coulter 

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

East End: Four Centuries of London Life by Alan Palmer We have only two copies left of this increasingly rare 1st Edition hardback!

The East End is on the seaward side of London and its history is inextricably linked with the most complex docklands of any industrial society, serving what used to be a great trading nation and an Imperial power. As well as goods entering the port, generations of immigrants have flowed in - Protestant Huguenots from France, Irish labourers fleeing the potato blight, Jews escaping Russian pogroms, and Indians and Pakistanis. This study examines the evolution of the Tower Hamlets - Bethnal Green, Poplar, Hackney and Stepney - and sifts through the facts relating to an area notorious for its violent crime, political unrest and poverty. He argues that the area is a microcosm of the tensions apparent in British society as a whole, derived from the impact of the Industrial Revolution, the age of the railway, the two World Wars and the current invasion of the young rich.

Around Poplar and Limehouse, by Gavin Stirling.

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


Here are  three  excellent second hand (good condition) 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 on a first come first served basis 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 by Angelo Hornak

The Port of London by John Herbert.

Thames Shipping by Laurence Dunn

Thames: Sacred River (Hardcover)
by Peter Ackroyd.

Research Services: If you've come to a dead end, email Esme

Ramblings from the Estate

Another quiet month, not that I'm complaining of course, 'cause that's the way I like it! Usually however, something out of the ordinary pops up, someone does something odd, or funny, or I do something, or Her Indoors, but no, day after day has passed and nothing particular happens! I suppose I could make something up, but that would be cheating, and I reckon you'd see through it anyway. Right that's three lines written, not quite enough really, although I am as the title suggests 'Rambling' and I am sitting in the midst of the council estate. Oh yes, that reminds me, I met a woman from the council as I came home from a day's teaching and an arduous 2 mile cycle home through the lawless streets of Hackney. She was just about to knock on our door as I wheeled my bicycle out of the lift, which was working for a change (otherwise I have to sling the thing over my back and lug it up to floors). She looked official, which immediately put me on my guard and I quickly ran through all possibilities as to why she should be just about to intrude into my world. She started with, 'Did you get our previous letters about the iron gates still guarding your flat?' 'Um, no', was all I could come out with, but an obvious lie. I best fill you in at this point. Ever since Her Indoors moved in here there has been an iron gate in front of our front door, offering a further layer of security against the outside world. So, let me reiterate, the council put them there, not Her Indoors. Now after them having been there all these years the council's 'ealf and safety department have decided they constitute a fire hazard, so they need to be us! So, back to the woman. She then explained the 'ealf and safety risk to me, and I compliantly nodded and agreed, and then pointed to the flats opposite and asked if they had to do the same, to which she replied no, as they didn't constitute the same risk as their gates were not a fire exit. Oh, I couldn't help myself now, I was getting into logic mode. I then suggested that if our gate was flush to the wall when closed it couldn't be blocking anyone's escape, and we always have it closed. This went on for a bit longer, until she insited that we have it removed within the next 14 days. I was just about to ask her what the penalty was if we didn't comply (which nobody in our whole block has done up until now), when she told me......she said they would be forced to remove it for us, result! It's a tough decision, we pay to get it taken down and disposed of, or we do nothing and they do it for us! 
On a personal level, my hamstring is taking forever to completely heal! It's been 8 weeks since I pulled it, but still it niggles me, but I'm an impatient old sod and I can't sit and do nothing, so I keep running and stretching, hoping that it will just sort itself out somehow. Mind you, I think this absurd strategy might be working as I'm now able to run 10 miles in one go, although at a painstakingly slow pace! I think maybe the swimming 5 times a week is helping it too! Oh yes, that reminds me! I'm swimming in the lido at lunch time now as it's dark by 4ish. However, it's tight, getting out from school at 12.30, cycling to the pool, getting changed, swimming 1200 metres, getting changed, cycling back again, and gobbling my lunch before teaching at 1.30! However, it is possible, unless that is, you come out of the pool to find some idiot has locked their bike to yours! This happened last week at precisely 1.20, just ten minutes before I'm due to teach! I ran back in the pool, the lady announced it on the loud-speaker....nothing, so I went in and shouted at every swimmer, asking whether it was their blue bike attached to luck! I was marching up and down, slowly fuming, until at 1.29 this guy strolled out to unlock his blue bike. I'm proud to say I managed not to lose my temper despite his totally laid back attitude which pushed me to the limit! Funnily enough, after dashing back to school, nobody noticed that I was 4 minutes late!

Fancy making a cake this week? You can't go wrong with this one!

It's a Celebration Chocolate Cake, naughty but nice, and made from a recipe by Mary Berry on the BBC website. Her Indoors made it for a friend's birthday recently, much appreciated by all! 

Q: What race is never run?
A: A swimming race

Q. Why did the teacher jump into the water?

A. She wanted to test the water!

And to end, how about some funny dancing cats (I can't believe they are all real though!)

Jno and the gang!  


-A Passion For Family History-

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