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 Remembrance Sunday at 12:00, the Friends of Queens Road Cemetery will be launching a ten point trail of some of graves of those who died in The First World War and are buried in Queens Road Cemetery

There will be an Explore your Archive open day at the Waltham Forest Archives on Saturday 24th November 11:00 - 4:30pm. The Society will be present with a stall and be able to assist with family research.

You can search our records on-line at