The Easiest Way To Research Your London Family Tree Online

Since 2001 we have specialised in transcribing London’s Parish Registers and our aim is to transcribe them all. We believe that searching online at is the easiest way to find your London ancestors.
Our other passion is the River Thames, London’s Docks and in particular the Company of Watermen and Lightermen records. We have collected much of interest, to inform and delight. We hope you enjoy the website and at the same time find your ancestors and the information you have been looking for.
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Why People Choose

We are the longest established company specializing in these records and have been online for the best part of twenty years. We are also family run.
All of our records have been professionally transcribed by genealogists with years of experience and a passion for the subject matter.
You don’t have to try to decipher words from photographs of the Parish Registers; many of which can be incredibly difficult to decipher.

We have already done all the hard work for you and present your records in easy to read type.
Our transcriptions have been double and many times triple checked to make sure the quality of the records is as good as it gets.
As a Member you get the full detailed records; if it is there in the original then it is here in our records for you.

We regularly add new baptisms and thousands of new records throughout the year.
Members of can search for as many different names as you would like to. Search anytime at your leisure.
Receive Exclusive Member-only offers for things we believe will be of value to you.

Search for combined forename plus surname to get the precise results you want.
Members get quicker search results with no reCAPTCHA security to complete.
High end security services give you peace of mind in the knowledge that your details and payments are secure.



Our Happy Customers Say It Best

  • I had been trying on the usual genealogy sites to produce my family tree on my father,s side of my family and really got nowhere very far. I know I am a novice at this sort of thing but thought l would have a go. I had some very basic information to build on but knew that my family were all Lightermen on the Thames in the 18th and 19th centuries before becoming merchant seamen in the 20th century. After 2 years of trying to get any real evidence I enrolled on a Genealogy Course at our national W.I. College from which l had some homework set me before the Course started and voila your site was one that was mentioned in the list. I have to say it was like Christmas, so much relative information was available on your site that I did not even know existed that it has been a really enjoyable experience gaining it all. So thank you. for all your hard work and input; you definitely have one very satisfied customer here.–Sandra

  • This is a fun site and you can buy heaps of wonderful CD’s if you live in the UK. I use the site itself for searching as I haven’t won Lotto yet so I can buy all the CD’s and pay for the postage all the way to New Zealand. The monthly newsletter is great as it is serious as well as having a personal piece at the bottom (which I usually read first). –Linda, New Zealand


Search Family History Records Online Now

Search Parish Register Baptism Records online here. Hundreds of thousands of records at your fingertips.


Search Marriage Records here. Search London records by the grooms surname.


Search The Merchant Taylors’ Company Membership Index 1530 – 1928.



Buy Family History Resources Online Here

Browse our Shop pages for products to enhance your family history research. Books, maps, census and directory CDs all help to put the ‘flesh on the bones’ of your research. We specialize in products with a distinctly London flavour, as well as being the leading publisher of original Parish Register and Waterman material.

We are specialist suppliers of books about London and family history. In our Bookshop you will find a great variety of titles in categories such as the East End, London History, the River Thames, Docklands, London Transport, Watermen & Lightermen, London Fiction, London Guide Books and London in Archive Photography. Please click here to browse our bookshop.

All our products are usually ‘in stock’ items and we aim to despatch orders ‘same day’. You can pay securely online and rest assured that you can order in complete confidence.

We stock publications from leading UK publishers, including Alan Godfrey Maps, London Topographical Society, and Robert Cottrell Publications (Trueflare Ltd).

Whatever your interest, from original parish register transcriptions to Census records, Docklands & River Thames history, Thames Watermen & Lightermen, military & occupational records, you are sure to find much of interest. Secure online payment facilities are available, as well as mail order.
Also featuring the Apprenticeship Bindings Index of the Company of Watermen & Lightermen by Robert Cottrell, the Thames Riverside & Medway Index of 97 Thames & Medway Parishes, as well as the Docklands Ancestor Series, all available on CD. We also stock the excellent Alan Godfrey Old Ordnance Survey Map series.



The Docklands Ancestors Parish Register Transcription Project

In 2001 we began the mammoth task of transcribing London’s parish registers. This was because of the poor coverage given to the East End by the IGI and our frustration at the lack of records available online. Having spent almost 6 months travelling to the London Metropolitan Archives researching our family history, we thought there had to be a better way of accessing parish register archives.

Online Parish Register Searching

Search online allows you to search for your ancestors in each individual parish. It is free to search for basic results and if you become a member then you get a whole host of extras. Have a look in the gold box above and sign up to get the most out of this valuable resource.

Our databases contain entry-by-entry detailed transcriptions, recording ALL of the information found in the original registers and not just scanned images.

Parish Registers on CD-ROM are also available for each parish. They are in easily searchable Adobe Acrobat format and indexed alphabetically. The years given on the CDs do not run from 1st January to 31st December, so if you want the exact start and finish dates for any specific CD then please enquire. If you are searching for many names or variations, they represent excellent value for money. Be sure to have a look at our Special Offer CDs which offer even better value for money.

Thames Watermen & Lightermen

If you have ancestors who worked on the river Thames as watermen or lightermen, you have come to the right place! We have waterman ancestors too and as a result of researching our family history we have assembled an unrivalled collection of material. Most of this material is available for you to enjoy, completely free of charge. Naturally we also stock many published sources of waterman material (indeed James transcribed half of them!).

The Waterman & Lighterman page hosts a wealth of interesting and useful material: Book extracts, a Picture Gallery, interviews with Lightermen, free databases, useful links, articles as well as sections on the history of the Company of Watermen and advice on how to trace your waterman family history.

We actively encourage our visitors and members to contribute articles and images, helping us to preserve and disseminate our proud waterman heritage.

Waterman publications can be found in our Shop by clicking here. The recommended starting point in tracing your ancestors is the Apprenticeship Bindings Indexes 1692-1908, transcribed by our friend and colleague Rob Cottrell, and also the book written by this site’s founder James Legon, My Ancestors were Thames Watermen.

Waterman Hoy!