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

Before becoming part of the Metropolitan Police force area in 1840, Walthamstow had its own police force and lock-up at Vestry House paid for by subscription of residents. Names of subscribers, patrols, and wrong-do-ers occur in records.
February 14th's talk will be on Local Policing in Victorian Times by Bryn Elliott

Meetings start at 8pm. If you'd like more information, please contact us

You can now search our records on-line at records.wffhs.org.uk
Recently added records include 1918 Absent Voters Lists for Walthamstow