Parish Register Newsletter: December 2010

A warm welcome to the parishregister  December newsletter, the last of 2010. It's been a quietish month, although we've uploaded another two databases and released another CD, number 77, which is St Matthews Bethnal Green, which has been just about the most searched database in my time at Docklands Ancestors. I'll not rabbit on too much here, I do plenty of that at the end! 

Searchable Databases

 This month:

St Anthony, Globe Road, Stepney 1879 to 1903 2886 entries

St James the Great, Bethnal Green 1844-1869 4736 entries 

Last month:

St Andrew, Bethnal Green 1843 to 1876  760 entries 

St Mary, Stratford 1831 to 1843 1586 entries

St Dunstan 1656-1668 10046 entries

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

New CD 

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Last month:

St Mary Whitechapel Parish Registers 1758-1865 Compendium CD

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

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

This month: 

Volume 77

St Matthew Bethnal Green 1799-1819 12605 entries expertly and often painstakingly transcribed by Beryl

To buy this very popular CD please click here: Vol 77

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, just click here: M.T 

Now In Transcription

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

Everything Watermen and Lightermen 

You can browse all of the Watermen and Lightermen products which are your essential resources for tracing your watermen or lightermen ancestors 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

Click here to buy: CD1

Apprenticeships Bindings Index 1692-1908 (Vols 1-9)

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Complete set Apprenticeship Bindings Vols 1-9
This Adobe Acrobat searchable CD-Rom contains Rob Cottrell’s transcriptions of the Company of Watermen & Lightermen Apprenticeship Bindings - over 65,000 names from 1692 to 1908. Each entry shows the apprentice’s name, date of binding, location, Master or Mistress’s full name and date of freedom (if granted). For example;
5701. LEGON JOHN 09/04/1742 SHADWELL THOMAS LEGON 28/04/1749
Also on the CD you will find information on Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race, including a list of winners, with their binding dates, location and Masters, from 1716 to 1900, and an article by Rob on the History of the Company.
This CD is the starting point for those with waterage ancestry. Once you have established the Binding date of your ancestor, the next step is to apply for his Apprenticeship Affidavit. This will show you his dates of birth and baptism and most importantly, the parish he was born in. This then enables further research.

To buy this CD please click here: Bindings
All of the bindings can be found by clicking here: More bindings

1648 Petition for the King

1648 petition.jpgTo find out more about this CD and/or buy it please click here: Petition

1628 Admiralty Muster of Watermen

AdmiraltyMuster.jpg To buy this please click here: Muster

My Ancestors rowed for Doggett's Coats & 1715-2009 NEW 2nd Edition

doggetts.jpg To buy this product please click here: Dog

Waterman & Parish Register Special Offer Price: £129.93

East of London Family History Society

Tower Hamlets Marriages & Banns (Vol 1)-Disc 3 

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 



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 cemetery 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)


Book Shop

A Dictionary of Old Trades, Titles and Occupations By Colin Waters.


Colin Waters explains the function of nearly 4000 old trades, titles and occupations, and contains over 70 illustrations. Especially relevant to all those interested in family, social and local history.

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.

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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.

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


To buy this wonderful publication please click here: East End

Children of Bethnal Green by Doris M. Bailey.


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

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


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)

If you are interested in buying a rare copy of Men of the Tideway then please email me or Yvonne 

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


Seeking you Ancestor in Tower Hamlets Cemetry Park

I found this site after trying to solve a query from one of you. It has information about the cemetery and gives you contact details if you want to find out if one of your relatives was buried there.

East End History: Bethnal Green churches

'In 1839 the Bishop of London, James Blomfield, decided to build ten new churches in Bethnal Green ‘one of the most desolate parishes’ in his diocese. At the time the area had a population of around seventy thousand people and two Anglican churches, dedicated to the apostles St Matthew and St John. Blomfield set up a fund, and the new churches were completed by 1850 and dedicated to the remaining ten apostles (St Matthias replacing Judas Iscariot as the twelfth apostle). This was the start of a long tradition of philanthropists from the West End, Oxford and the churches coming into the East End and trying to improve its moral and social condition.' (from Dickens and

There's a map showing the churches and also some photographs, including one of St Matthew (which is our latest CD) and one of St James the Great, which is the latest database we've uploaded.

Charles Booth Online archive

The archive is a searchable resource giving access to material from the Booth collections of the archive division of the library of the LSE and the Senate House library.

The Booth collection at LSE archives contains the original records from Booth's survey into life and labour in London, dating from 1886-1903. The archives of the Senate House library contain Booth family papers from 1799-1967. This site is really interesting and once you're in it's hard to leave! It also has a list of parishes on the 1898-9 Booth poverty map. 

Ramblings from the Council Estate

First of all, I'd like to wish each and every one of you a happy new year, and I mean that most sincerely folks! ! I expect, like me, you are relieved that Christmas is out of the way and life can revert back to normal....although what normal is I've no idea, I've never really achieved that state of Nirvana when everything is as it should be; you know, hassle free, no worries, no dramas, everyone around you is happy too, all bank errors go in your favour, your insurance goes down once you've clocked up another year's no claims bonus instead of up etc etc Talking of dramas, we didn't have one outside our flat a couple of weeks before Christmas. I know what you're thinking, your thinking 'doesn't he mean we did have one outside our flat..' OK, let me clear up the confusion I've cunningly caused. One night the two of us were slothing on the couch watching the goggle box when her indoors suddenly realised that all was quiet outside, and it's never quiet outside! I reached up, stuck my head between the curtains and Kingsland road looked like a scene out of one of those disaster movies; ambulances, police cars, loads of fire engines, police tape blocking off all access. But the strange thing was, they had all crept there in silence, how weird is that? No sirens, no loud crashes of metal on metal-nothing! On further inspection we couldn't see any smashed up cars, no injured people laying motionless on the floor (not that I was hoping for any), just loads of rescue people standing next to a coach which was in pristine condition. I got bored at this point, but the other half went upstairs to get a better view. I received regular updates from her, which basically went along the lines of 'nothing's happening' and 'still nothing's happening', until in the end it was 'they're packing up now'. How strange that they should close one of the major routes out of London for apparently nothing. We googled it the next day but found out nothing, so this will remain one of life's mysteries!

Did I tell you our plans for Christmas? We decided to break from tradition this year, so instead of our usual chicken dinner with no tree and no decorations we opted for the full monty (no we didn't plan to eat my brother's dog Monty) and we went to my Uncle John and his wife Margaret's pad in Norfolk. Talk about the opposite to us; I've never seen so many father Christmas's in one room, it was like they were having their annual convention there this year. They didn't just sit there, no they lit up, they danced and when squeezed some of them would wish us a merry Christmas!We stayed for three nights, had a meal out on boxing day and two wonderful meals cooked by Margaret. The first meal was a juicy steak and the other was the works on Christmas day. So, what else did we do? Well, funny you should ask, we did the usual and went on the duck walk. Normally this is a gentle two mile walk which gives Polly (a dog, not a parrot) her daily dose of exercise and her indoors her bi-annual dose (remember the unused gym bag). This year it was a bit more hazardous than normal on account of the snow and ice that hadn't had the decency to melt yet. John and Margaret being countrified had wellies and they had tipped her indoors to purchase a pair of wellies as well, which she did (posh shiny ones), but I just had my trainers, I'm too cool for wellies, don't you know. Have you guessed what happened? Two of the welly brigade slipped and ended up on their derrieres! Oh yes, and the other one (her indoors) didn't get away Scott free either! As she tipi-toed on a dodgy bit of icy path she put her ungloved hand on a wooden rail to steady herself, then she called me and asked me what was on her hand, to which I replied, completely dead-pan (but laughing out loud inside, 'duck pooh!' (I bet you're laughing too now!)

You know what, I nearly forgot, our Christmas started a week earlier in actual fact. That was the Saturday the whole of London and Essex was covered in the white stuff. Not only that but a signal went down on the central line. So what? I hear you ask. Well, we were having our family Christmas at Yvonne's (in Loughton) that afternoon,with her of course (she's essential as she cooks!), dad, brother William and his wife Phill (with two letter Ls, not one), and baby Joss who had just turned 1, oh and little James, as he lives there too, although he;s sunning it up in Thailand at the moment. Where was I? Oh yes, the white stuff. As you all know everything grinds to a halt when it snows, and that day was no exception. I would normally walk to Bethnal green tube but we, no I, was over-laden with presents so we decided to splash out £1.20 on a bus. So we waited and waited and waited, until I had almost run out of patience, then it came. Then it was a trudge through the snow down to the station, which is when the fun started. Due to adverse weather conditions and a signal problem on the Hainault branch the next train was 20 minutes away. As we waited more and more people came and filled up the platform, then after twenty long minutes, it arrived. It was more tightly packed than a tin of sardines, people's screwed up faces squashed against the windows. No way was I getting on that! Never mind, the next one was only a few minutes away, until it was 'held' and 'held' and 'held' for another 10 minutes. Needless to say when it arrived it resembled the last sardine tin! I resolved that if the next one was so bad we were going back. The next one came and it was just as bad, but the stubbornness in me took over and I led her indoors into battle. Shoving Joss's alphabet train in front of me I pierced a hole in the human wall in front of me and set up camp amongst the heaving hoards! What a relief! But that soon evaporated as we were hit by delay after delay, with the train driver eventually announcing that the controller hadn't got a clue what he was doing! By the time we had negotiated the ice rink at the other end we arrived two and half hours later! I could have ran it faster,without the presents of course. I must say it was well worth it though, the highlights being see Joss walk for the first time and Yvonne's culinary masterpiece! Oh, and the journey back only took half the time, PHEW!

One last little tale for 2010. I'm now back into my running and up to 3 runs a week, even in the ice and snow! Well, one day after school I shot home, got changed into my string vest and underpants (we're hard down south!) and off I went for a 6 miler. After about 3 miles I spotted, eagle-eyed as ever, four shifty youffs up ahead. As a man passed them I could hear them shouting sarcastic abuse at him. Then as I passed them they did the same to me, but I decided to rise above it and continue on my way. But then a large lump of ice just missed me. Without thinking I turned around and ran straight at them shouting miscellaneous words (you know the usual thing-rascals, cheeky lads etc) at the top of my voice, waving my arms like demented windmills! Now, if they had stayed put I'd have turned on my heals and ran as fast as I could, but to my astonishment they scattered in all directions screaming their heads off! I picked on one who thought he could outrun this balding old jogger, but I screamed at him that he was wasting his time and that I could run all day. Sure enough, he tired and eventually gave up, by now looking like he was going to cry and ask for his mummy! What a come down from the four brave souls of just a few minutes ago, I thought. Don't worry I didn't lay a finger on him, I had achieved my aim, and just continued on my merry way again. I didn't run that way for a while after that!

Here's my last joke for 2010:

There's a man sitting at a bar just looking at his drink. He stays like that for half an hour. Then, a big trouble-making truck driver steps next to him, takes the drink from the guy, and just drinks it all down.

The poor man starts crying. The truck driver says, "Come on man, I was just joking. Here, I'll buy you another drink. I just can't stand seeing a man crying."

"No, it's not that. This day is the worst of my life. First, I fall asleep, and I'm late to my office. My boss, in an outrage, fires me. When I leave the building to my car, I found out it was stolen. The police say they can do nothing. I get a cab to return home and when I leave it, I remember I left my wallet and credit cards there. The cab driver just drives away. I go home and when I get there, I find my wife sleeping with the gardener. I leave home and come to this bar. And when I was thinking about putting an end to my life, you show up and drink my poison."

And here's my last funny video clip for you, 264 million people have seen this already!:

 Charlie bit my finger

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.
Edith Lovejoy Pierce

All the best for 2011

Jonathan and the team


-A Passion For Family History-

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