We have carefully selected the following sites for those with an interest in researching there family history,the East End and Docklands in particular. All have been used by us in the search for our own Ancestors and nobody has paid us to put these links in.

N.B. We are now inviting visitors to our site to submit a link.

Please note that submitted links will be considered for inclusion only if:
1. They pertain to the Docklands area, or
2. They are about Family History, or
3. They are related to the Company of Watermen & Lightermen

We are also interested in establishing reciprocal links with other genealogy web sites.

Please click here if you would like to submit a link.


Watermen and Lightermen

Parish Registers


Family History Societies

Docklands History

Merchant Taylors Company


Watermen and Lightermen

Official site of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen. Includes Company Newsletter, room hire at Watermens Hall and lots more of interest.

Port of London Authority; essential for Watermen & Lightermen research and much more besides.

The transcribed records of the Company of Watermen & Lightermen, by Robert Cottrell, from the original records held at the Guildhall Library.

http://www.spellweaver-online.co.uk  For anyone interested in their canal and riverboat ancestors.

Thames Watermen Mailing List

Parish Registers

Bookshop Front Page.

Northfiche -Durham & Northumberland Genealogical Microfiche.

Worlds largest online family history database. Free to use. Also sells the 1881 Census. Absolute must visit site!

FreeBMD project. Useful site, but bear in mind that you will still need to purchase the Birth Certificate to obtain all the details.

Similar site to above, focusing on Parish Registers.

Parish Finder. Very useful site.


Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates from 1837 and all Census Archives.
Family Records Centre, 1 Myddelton Street, London EC1R 1UW.
BMD enquiries Tel 0151 471 4800
Census & general enquiries Tel 020 8392 5300

Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA. Tel 020 7251 8799 Fax 020 7250 1800 Email: info@sog.org.uk
Extensive library. You’ll find the really committed family historians here.

Family History Societies

North West Kent FHS website. The Society covers the area including Deptford, Greenwich and Woolwich.

East Surrey Family History Society.

Clwyd Family History Society Parish Register Transcription Project.

Cheshire FHS.

Oxfordshire FHS.

Berkshire FHS.

Dorset FHS

Manchester and Lancashire FHS.

Docklands History

Good site for history of London’s docks.

Interesting facts about the Dock Strike in 1889.

A popular site focusing on East London

Dictionary of Victorian London.

Transport & General Union website which charts the amalgamation of the smaller unions into the T&G

Peoples History Museum. Incorporates the ‘The Labour History Archive and Study Centre (LHASC) is the only specialist repository for the political wing of the Labour movement. It holds records for working class political organisations from the Chartists to New Labour. LHASC holds the archives of the Labour Party and the Communist Party of Great Britain. The collections have been used for a variety of research purposes providing an insight into the social, political and economic life of the last two centuries.
Besides housing papers of political organisations the LHASC collects the personal papers of radical politicians, writers and left wing organisations. The archive collection compliments the objects, photographs and banners found in the museum’ s collections and researchers may well find material of interest in both. Other resources include journals and periodicals, 15,000 political pamphlets and extensive press cuttings on key labour movement figures’ and a wonderful collection of union banners.

Port of London Authority

Thames Tugs

London Lighterage Tugs

Portcities website. Explores London’s maritime history

Merchant Taylors Company

http://www.merchanttaylors.co.uk/ – Official Merchant Taylors website; in depth information on The Merchant Taylors Livery Company.


St Peter London Docks
Homepage of St Peter’s, London Docks

Island History Trust
Isle of Dogs history site

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London 1674 to 1834
Excellent site.Much of interest.

With millions of family history records online, Find My Past makes it easy to research your UK ancestry and create your family tree. Search census records and trace births, marriages and deaths to bring your family history to life.

Premier links site, with over 118,800 links to other genealogical sites.

Electoral Roll and Telephone Directories. Search for others with your name; you never know, you might be related.

Free web site containing Ordinance Survey maps from 1890, which can be searched and downloaded to your PC and then printed out. Find your Ancestor’s address on the map.

Excellent maps of London’s past. Excellent for comparison purposes as some areas are mapped in 1872, 1894 and 1914. The detail on these maps are superb; cranes and capstans are shown at the side of the docks. A magnifying glass comes in handy.

Streets today. Again, excellent for comparisons, and if your street is still around today, find it here.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Records the names and grave locations of those who gave their lives during the World Wars. Very useful, but extremely poignant site.

Docklands local council. Much of interest for those with an interest in the area.

Abney Park Cemetery site, with online searchable database.

Old Occupations Index.

Thames Aspects.


Counties in England -IGI coverage site.

Free Genealogy Search Help for Google
Useful Research Tool from Google.

My History sells Family Tree Software, Books and Archival products.

PortCities UK
An interesting site for those interested in our maritime history.

London Ancestor
Good site for London genealogy.


Personal website for those tracing their Noble ancestors.

Port of London Authority website. An excellent history of the rise and fall of London’s docks.

Memory Boxes- Archival solutions.

This site, based in London, offers bmd certificates.

Jane Hewitt’s website is of particular use for those with ancestor’s from the Coventry area. The site includes a picture gallery of local watercolour paintings. Of particular interest are the pages on Coventry during the War.

British History Online. A particularly useful section is a list of 1695 London Inhabitants Within the Walls.

Sugar Refiners and Sugar Bakers. A very comprehensive site.

Stock Photography and footage site.

Ancestors Magazine-Family History from the National Archives.

Index of 19th Century Naval Vessels.

The Riverman. Features tug boats.

The Island History Trust, focusing on the Isle of Dogs.

Historical Directories, An excellent free resource for searching trade directories.

Workhouses, A comprehensive site that focuses on the workhouse

Family History Monthly was launched in 1995 and has grown steadily over the last eleven years, now reaching approximately 20,000 family historians every issue (13 issues a year). Each issue offers advice on tracing your family tree; articles on local and social history; spotlights on an area and an occupation; an online section and case studies on researching your own heritage.

Family Tree Forum (previously Genealogistsxgr)
A website which was born in September, is now open to all on the www since 1st June 2007.
Free of charge, you just have to register to take benefit of the whole site which is fully moderated.

B-G Forums – the Future of your Past.
The friendliest, most informative free genealogy forum on the Internet.

This is a searchable, digitised archive of Booth’s original records from his survey into life and labour in London (1886-1903). Excellent for snapshot views of what life was like.

rootSleuth – Family History Research
Experienced Genealogist and family history researcher with virtually 30 years experience. On-line and physical archive research.

Newspaper Obituaries – ObituariesHelp.org
Access newspaper obituaries and discover your genealogy online. Discover obituary resources like old newspaper obituaries archives and Download free genealogy forms and printable family tree charts.

Individual Personalised Tours and all aspects of Family History and Genealogical Research – please contact: ROOTS Consulting Services (Scotland) www.ancestryroots.co.uk

Ebor Family History – Family History & Genealogy Research in Yorkshire Experienced family history researcher based in York. From local research to full family trees.

British Pathe

British Pathe, the world’s first finest digital news archive.

Obituaries Help, Access newspaper obituaries and discover your genealogy online.

Your Family History, a magazine that bridges the gap between genealogy and your own unique personal heritage.

Family Tree Finder Information, Provides information and useful tips for researching your family tree.

Family Tree Resources, will help you discover your ancestors.

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives, Bancroft Library, Bancroft Road, London E1 4DQ
Tel 020 7364 1290. Email: localhistory@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland, The Huguenot Library, University College, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Many Huguenot descendants lived in Docklands. Excellent Archives going back to 16th century.
Tel 020 7380 7094

Company of Watermen & Lighterman of the River Thames, Watermen’s Hall, 16 St Mary atte Hill, London EC2R 8EE
All records kept at the Guildhall Library. Phenominal amount of material available.
Tel 020 7283 2373