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

Meetings during April and May are cancelled, and meedtings after that will be kept under review.
We are looking at running an on-line session that you can join to replace the next meeting.

You can search our records on-line at
March update: 1000 marriages at St John's Leytonstone are now available to search, 1848 to 1891.
Sections B5, C5, and D5 at Chingford Mount Cemetery are now complete.