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

Our next meetiing will be on 9th March, when we will have a workshop on Crime and Punishment. Bring what you know and some records from the past to this meeting.
Joining detals will be sent out by email to members near the time.

We are continuing the Cabin Fever sessions on-line. The next one will to be on 23rd February at 8pm. We will talk about how our ancestors were affected by the Poor Law, current research and any recent discoveries.

You can search our records on-line at
November update: Transcriptions of the Highams Park Marriage registers up to 1938 have been checked are and now available to search on-line.