Parish Register Newsletter: November 2014

Welcome to the last parishregister newsletter before Christmas! This month we've got another new CD for you, St Dunstan, Stepney Baptism Registers 1725-1730 and lots more offers and ideas for Christmas presents!
Don't forget keep up to date with all our special offers on Facebook  or  Twitter ! 

Last month's new CDs were:

St Mary, Whitchapel Multi-Parish baptism Registers CD 1558-1671

Burial Record at Greenwich 1820-1856

Volume 98

Seamen who Died aboard the Hospital ships Moored off Greenwich 1820-1856
"HMS Grampus"
"HMS Dreadnought"
"HMS Caladonian"

This month's new CD is: Volume 106 St Dunstan, Stepney Baptism Registers 1725-1730 7162 entries

This Month's Special Offers!!!!

Volume 96 St Mary, whitechapel 1558-1590, Baptism Registers
3045 entries ONLY £4.95

Volume 98 St Mary, whitechapel 1590-1605 Baptism Registers 3105 entries ONLY £4.95

Volume 101 St Mary, Whitechapel 1605-1615, 1615-1628, 1628-1635
Baptism Registers 9216 entries ONLY £4.95

Normally £100, now ONLY £80 This is a special offer price for customers who wish to buy our first five Baptism Compendium CDs.

The five CDs comprise volumes 1-60 of the Docklands Ancestors Series of parish register transcriptions.

Please see the itemised descriptions on the individual CDs for a complete list of contents. This is an incredible offer and works out at £1.25 a CD!!!!

Here's another £5 off this excellent St Dunstan's CD, which is now half price! St Dunstan, Stepney Parish Register 1730-1848

Our First Marriage CD: 10 marriage CDs, normally almost £50, now for a touch under £25!
Docklands Ancestors Marriages Compendium CD1: Vols 1-10 approximately 39,000 entries. Click on the link to see the 10 parishes!

Plus two of our other compendium CDs at £20 below the normal price which is £49.99, so now they are only £29.99!

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To search the marriage records click here: Marriages 

To search all our baptism records click hereGood luck! 

Take a look at our exclusive prints of Thames Watermen! 
ONLY £6 each !!!!

Waterman by London Bridge


Waterman by London Bridge
A hand painting by Grant Osman.

Lighterman on the River Thames

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Lighterman on the River Thames
A stunning hand painting by Grant Osman!

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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
Olive Tree Genealogy

BBC To Pay or Not To Pay? A guide to choosing genealogy sites on the internet

Best Free Genealogy search sites
Watermen and Lightermen Section: selected CDs

reassignment  ONLY £9.95 !!!

This CD lists some 12,000 apprentices that were reassigned from their original master to another. 

1628 Admiralty Muster of Watermen

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).
The earliest Company record is dated 1692, so this is a wonderful resource for possibly pushing your history further back in time.

ONLY £5.95

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. 
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.

ONLY £5.95

To browse our entire collection of Watermen CDs, including our apprenticeship records, please click here: Watermen

Watermen Books

I'm sure James would agree with me, but those new to looking for their watermen or lightermen ancestors can't do better than buying his book!

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

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under oars 2 Under Oars: Reminiscences of a Thames Lighterman, 1894-1909, by Harry Harris.

An incredibly rare book, about the arduous job of working on the river. I saw more than one on the internet the other day on sale for £120! NOW ONLY £65

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, now with £25 off!

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

The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939–45.

Ann Saunders(editor) 

bomb damage 3  NOW with £50 off!!!!

Atlas of over 100 detailed maps printed in colour, with a 22 page introduction by Dr Robin Woolven. The maps extends roughly from Hammersmith to Woolwich and from Highgate to Sydenham.

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

"Tales of London's Docklands" is an anthology of true stories

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. 

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All of the following books are now ONLY £9.99!

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

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

Remembering Romford (In Old Photographs)by Brian Evans 

Spitalfields People Talk About The Evacuation

"Where's Your Horns?" Spitalfields People Talk About The Evacuation.

A Bethnal Green Memoir:Recollections of life in the 1930-1950

Memories of growing up in the East End between the wars by Derek Houghton

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

Hackney Memories by Alan Wilson.

The 1930s were a troubled era, and England at this time was a land of contrasts. In Hackney Memories Alan Wilson gives us a vivid impression of growing up in a working-class family in the East End at this time

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 any of these then please email Yvonne (

Thames Books, all have recently been discounted!

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: email Esme 

Ramblings from the Estate

I think I'll start with a little update for you. Do you remember the charming young lady who lives one floor below us and one place to the left who thinks it's great to share her love of thumpy, big vibration music with the rest of the block? Well, guess who's won? Yeah, I've finally managed to pull the plug on her (metaphorically speaking) and she's been forced to be quiet! She was quiet for a while, then obviously thought it was OK to crank up her stereo again, but I was straight on the blower to my contact in the council. She was straight round there and issued her with a red card warning, which as you can imagine is a last chance before they take legal action. She didn't take this too graciously for some reason, and stomped up here and banged on our door. Not liking the tone of her knocking I thought it best to ignore her, and besides that I was in the bath! Once she had worn her knuckles out to no avail, she retreated back to her lair. Now, she didn't know it, but the lady from the council, being used to dealing with such people, had hung around and seen her assaulting our poor door, and then went back to her and warned her about harrassing people-result! Since then it's been bliss; coming home from work to silence, having an extra few hours in bed at the weekend...what a difference. A couple of weeks ago Her Indoors met her at the entrance to the flats. Now, up 'til then she hadn't worked out that me and Her Indoors are an item, and after the usual pleasantries she informed Her Indoors that there was an old git who lives upstairs whose got it in for her and is trying to get her kicked out of her flat. She then mentioned that the sad, bald bloke is always going out running or on his bike, and she couldn't understand why the council believed him and not her! At this point Her Indoors let on that she lived with this old git and he was actually a nice man! 
Oh yes, my other important news is that I've aquired a new name at school....banana man! Let me explain. Last week we had friendship week and on friday everyone had to wear yellow to mark this. Apart from not having any yellow clothes, I forgot about it (as usual) and came in wearing blue (as usual). Not wanting to stand out I did some quick thinking and took the biggest banana you're ever likely to see and balanced it on my head! The little ones especially, thought this was hilarious, particularly has I managed to have it on my head for most of the day. At a couple of points I even ate 'it' in front of them, yet managed to have 'it' back up there the next time they saw me (I had bought 5 of them on the way to school). These things seem to stay in children's minds for a long time and this week they started calling me banana man, so now it looks like I'm stuck with it.....I have been called worse things in my time, so I really don't mind!

Last week I had to take Her Indoors to the dentist and take her home after as they always sedate her with some drug that allows her to stay awake, but knocks her out at the same time which means she doesn't remember what happens. Often, afterwards she talks nonsense and isn't exactly 'with it' and will do things like put her pyjamas on backwards! However, things could be worse....just take a look at this guy!

Finally, here's the lovely cake I'll be eating this Xmas, Rachel Allan's Easy Peasy Christmas Cake

It's only November, but I better wish you all a happy Christmas now...HAPPY CHRISTMAS!
Jno and the gang!  


-A Passion For Family History-

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