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BOOK - My Ancestors were Thames Watermen, A guide to tracing your Thames Watermen and Lightermen ancestors - 2nd Edition [UK]
By James W. Legon
Published by Society of Genealogists, London UK, 2008

Softcover... 19.95 (C$)

This illustrated guidebook arms family historians with the knowledge needed to locate surviving records of their watermen and lightermen ancestors. My Ancestors were Thames Watermen also provides an interesting overview of the formation and history of regulated watermen and lightemen on the Thames from 1193 to the 20th century. The lists provided in the appendices are especially helpful.

Contents include:
  • About the author
  • List of illustrations
  • Foreword
  • Watermen and Lightermen history
  • Tracing your watermen and lightermen ancestors
  • Bibliography
  • Glossary
  • Appendices:
    • Masters of the company
    • Doggett's coat and badge winners
    • Plying places and wharves of the Thames
    • Legon family tree
    • Timeline of the Thames
    • Lighterage companies
    • Clerks of the companies
    • Watermen in the navy c1809
    • Watermen Archives at teh Guildhall Library
    • 1671 Tables of fares
    • Number of apprentices and freedoms by year
    • 1809 List of members
    • London's docks
    • Subscriptions of the court for the building of the first asylum
    • 1628/29 Admiralty Muster of Watermen
    • Publications available on CD
  • Index
158 Pages
6" x 8.5"
Softcover - perfectbound
ISBN 978-1-903462-95-9
Published by Society of Genealogists, London UK, 2008

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