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 meeting on 9th June will be an on-line talk on Baby farming in Victorian times (part 2) by Dr Mark Carroll and starts at 8pm.
In this talk Mark continues his historical account of 'baby farming', the practice of a woman being paid to look after someone else's infant in Victorian times, but which sometimes led to the child being maltreated or even murdered. He describes the crimes of several women who were prosecuted for abusing their young charges - crimes for which some were executed. Yet such women often came from poor social and family backgrounds, and thus deserve our pity as much as our condemnation.
Joining detals will be sent out by email to members near the time.

We are running acontinuing the Cabin Fever sessions on-line. The next one will be on 23rd June at 8pm. We will have a chat about what research we are currently doing, or perhaps unable to do. You can join the meeting from 7:50pm. Instructions will be sent round by email.

You can search our records on-line at
May update: Sections 280 Graves at Chingford Mount Cemetery mostly in sections F11, G11, & H11 have been added to the database.