Parish Register Newsletter: December 2013

First of all, I hope you all had a happy Christmas and all the best wishes for 2014 from parishregister ! And before I start I'd like to say congratulations to my brother Will, and his wife Phill, on the birth of their brand new baby boy, Harry! In this end of year festive newsletter we've got some more special offers for you, including some more compendium CDs which went down well last month! We've also got our 100th single CD out, and in case you missed it we've recently uploaded another 3000 entries from St Mary, Whitechapel 1671 to 1680 with another 3000 entries due soon.

Don't forget you can also see me ramble on, on Facebook which over 400 of you have now done!

This Month's Special Offer!!!!

This month I'm virtually giving away more of our compendium CDs, all for less than £30! 

St Dunstan Stepney baptisms 1568-1730 That's 162 years of baptisms going back some 450 years all on one CD at an amazing price! The CD is made up of 14 separate single CDs, so this works out at around £2 for each CD!

St Dunstan Stepney baptism 1730-1848 This CD continues on from the previous one, so the two together span some 280 years!

St Mary Whitechapel baptisms 1758-1865 Another CD that offers tremendous value.

I find the information contained in these CDs absolutely fascinating. The names alone show how different names have changed and evolved over the years. The occupations too, have gradually changed, some fading out and others emerging. And the addresses; I've walked down just about every street in these databases, and photographed them too, unless of course they no longer exist! You know of course, that we have to transcribe each entry exactly as we see it, even though sometimes, we know the clerk may have spelt a surname  wrong (we suspect this as all the other details in the entry match up-mother, father, address, occupation), so this is where these CDs can help you to track down those 'missing' relatives!
We don't just get people who are trying to trace their relatives buying our CDs, also social historians find them of great interest, and especially those interested in a particular occupation in a particular area.

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

This Month 

Volume 100 St Dunstan, Stepney 1712-1719 Baptism Registers 10040 entries

To buy this CD please click here: St Dunstan

Last 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!

Port of London-history section  A fascinating account of life in the 18th Century from 'Travellers in 18th century England'

Pinterest: a visual tour of London in the 18th Century

London Lives 1690-1800: I searched through these records for my family and found loads of interesting information from court sessions and coroner's sessions!

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

I personally transcribed these two databases, an experience which led me to fully appreciate what a hard job it is to transcribe!

1827 list of Free Watermen which is a 'mini census' of watermen carried out in April 1827 which gives their names and ages. 
5461 entries

Birth Register of Contracted Men 1865-1921 (MS22360)

This database gives the first name and surname, the date of birth, or the baptism date, or both, the court session date on which the record was submitted and the place of the baptism or birth, of 1495 watermen between the years 1865 and 1921. The earliest recorded birth is 1816. Over the period there were many different individuals who recorded the entries so the handwriting over the years varied somewhat, however the majority of the entries were legible. The places of birth/baptism varied considerably; many were born in London, others in the home counties, but some were from as far afield as Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Dublin, Guernsey and even Norway and India.

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

This map remains our most popular, and at only a fiver plus postage, it's a real bargain!


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:

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. Trapped by poverty, his family lived in a world that seems very alien to us now: here it is vividly recalled, set against a backdrop of rapidly developing national events. Alan Wilson's informative text, together with a selection of well-chosen photographs, will make fascinating reading for anyone who remembers the interwar years, and anyone interested in London's social history.

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.

Newham Dockland by Howard Bloch.

Through a fascinating collection of 200 images this book reveals a vanished world,which few people knew

Canning Town Voices (Chalford Oral History) by Howard Bloch

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

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

What have I been up to this festive period? Well, in short, not a lot, just a spot of running, swimming and in between that relaxing and eating lots (good job I'm exercising!) Christmas Day I treated Her Indoors to something special!'s not what you're thinking! I didn't cook turkey, I cooked pork! We don't eat turkey the rest of the year for one reason; it's not that good! So, instead of that I splashed out four quid on a lump of pig! I then spent another few quid on a few parsnips, peas and carrots, a couple of spuds, some bacon things, some Yorkshires, and Bob's your uncle I produced, and I quote, "The best roast I've ever had!" (Her Indoors, not me!) Oh yes, add to that a breakfast of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on toast, and I believe that more than made up for not getting her any presents! Oh yes, and I washed the dishes! Now, don't go saying how mean I am.....I bet you are! Actually, we collectively decided not to buy each other presents this year (it gets harder and harder each year), but we would buy ourselves something in the sales after Christmas. I think we should get a cycle trainer, which she'll try once and I'll use nearly every day! However, she thinks a digi-box is the way to go, whatever that is, and I'm not one to argue, so I think we should get both!
Hang on, I didn't mean to tell you about Christmas day, how did that happen? What I was going to tell you about was my trip up to Sheffield the weekend before. Will, my younger bigger brother, invited me up for a day's walking in the Peak District. I immediately accepted and booked the coach weeks ago. However, a couple of days before the day, I received a run down of the day. In short the walk involved 10 miles of walking and ten a pub crawl! Now, considering I don't drink, well hardly, the appeal of the 'walk' was not so appealing any more! I communicated this to Will, who could see my point, but was quite disappointed, not because he would miss my company, but because he had me down as the taxi driver for him and his mates!!! We compromised; I would spend the day with his lovely wife Phill (due to give birth any moment!), and the two kids, Joss and Patrick and I would go and pick him up from pub number ten at 10 pm. So, I had a lovely day, the highlight being taking the kids swimming, and successfully putting a nappy on Patrick after swimming whilst he was standing up! I set off in Will's car at 9.30 pm, or rather I tried to! I am used to driving a rather old Ford Transit; all very straightforward, hardly any dials and knobs, not even a radio! His car, however, was like a plane's cockpit. Getting in wasn't too difficult, but then turning the lights on was a lot more challenging! I pushed, pulled, turned so many sticks, buttons and knobs, but without success, except in doing so I turned on the radio! Eventually, I decided I better go in and ask Phill, embarrassing or not! However, opening the door turned on a light, and at that moment the light switch became visible! Next, the window was steamed up by now, and finding the dial that sorted that out took another few minutes. After 25 minutes I arrived at Castleton, and went passed the pub he was meant to be in. I decided to reverse to get nearer the pub, but the gear stick isn't the same as the van; for a start it has 6 gears (how greedy) and the reverse isn't where it should be! I tried, in vain, for about ten minutes, over and over, but every time I lifted the clutch I rolled forward! So, I gave up, and went in the pub only to find my brother and his merry band of 24 drinkers weren't there! It turned out they were still in pub number nine and arrived half an hour later to complete their ten pubs in ten miles! I joined then for a swift half (which I didn't manage to finish) and once Will had showed me how to select reverse (you lift up the stick, push left, then up) we arrived back in Sheffield safe and sound! 
Phillippa was due to give birth on Christmas day; fortunately, he, Harry, didn't arrive early while Will was on his walk, but two days after Christmas day, and both are doing well! That's one more Legon to add to the tree!

And my last recipe for the year is: Orange and Earl Grey cake from Nibb'

Q: What's the problem with jogging on New Years Eve? A: The ice falls out of your drinks! 

Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne,
We'll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne 



Jno and the gang!  


-A Passion For Family History-

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