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.
Chapter 1 looks at the history of the watermen, including a brief history of the Company; the working life of a lighterman; the employment status of watermen & lightermen; the Great Dock age; Doggett’s Coat & Badge Race; watermen and the monarchy; Waterman’s Hall; watermen and the Navy; almshouses and charities.
Chapter 2 is a guide to help you trace your watermen and lightermen ancestors. It examines the major sources for research including the Guildhall Library; civil registration; parish registers; census; family history societies; National archives; Houses of Parliament and a case study based on the Legon family.
A comprehensive glossary, bibliography and further reading list follows before the extensive appendices begin. These cover Masters of the Company; Doggett’s winners; plying places on the Thames; Legon family tree; useful addresses and websites; a timeline of the Thames; lighterage companies; clerks of the Company; watermen in the Navy; watermen archives at the Guildhall Library; 1671 table of fares; number of apprentices and freedoms by year; 1809 list of members; London’s Docks; subscriptions for the first Asylum; 1628/9 Admiralty Muster and a list of publications available on CD
James writes with all the enthusiasm of having researched 8 generations of his own Thames ancestors, and is a keen student of our Thames cultural history.
Paperback, 158 pages, 21 illustrations
Published by: Society of Genealogists March 2008
Availabilty: In stock