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

On Saturday 6th October 11:00 - 4:30 the Society will be celebrating it's 40th Anniversary. We will be holding an exhibition at Vestry House Museum with family history displays, talks on how our ancestors lived and worked, and assistance with family research.
The exhibitition and research help desk will be open from 11:00am.
Talks at 11:30am and 2:30pm in the Garden Room will be about How our WF Ancestors Lived and Worked, lasting about 30 minutes.

Is DNA analysis the future of family history research? On 9th October Donna Rutherford will be exploring DNA and family history

You can search our records on-line at