The Waltham Forest Family History Society was founded in 1978 to bring together and to encourage people with an interest in family history and genealogy. We are a small but friendly society that caters for all those with South West Essex ancestry who might live at a distance, and for those who live locally but whose ancestors came from elsewhere.

The Society has

  • regular talks on family and local history
  • workshops to discuss particular topics
  • visits to archives and museums
  • twice-yearly journal Roots in the Forest
  • collection of magazines and local records
  • projects to transcribe MIs and local records

Family history open day
The Society is holding an open day in support of the Waltham Forest's Year of Culture on Saturday 28th September from 11am-4pm at Vestry House Museum, Walthamstow, E17 7NH. The theme of the day will be "Families in their community". Experienced genealogists will help you to start researching your family history, with free computer sessions and useful tips. There will also be talks on family life in Waltham Forest in the first half of the 20th century, and displays of material that show what communities were like for families living in our area then. For further information, email or call 01992 813 014.

You can search our records on-line at
August update: 385 new monuments at Chingford Mount Cemetery have been indexed and put on-line with photographs. This completes section B6 and adds a portion of B5.
Holy Trinity, Harrow Green baptism registers have now been transcribed up to 1905 and can also be searched. .