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

In April, Geoff Barton will give us a talk on The Tottenham Outrage and Walthamstow Tram Chase.
In 1909 a wages theft from the Schnurmann rubber factory in Tottenham resulted in a two hour chase of the robbers by the police. When the chase crossed into Walthamstow, both robbers and polce commandeered trams and carts at different stages. Large amounts of ammunition were fired and there were twenty three casualties. The chase ended at Hale End, and one of the robbers is buried in Quens Road Cemetery.

You can search our records on-line at records.wffhs.org.uk
March update: Records added this month: St Peter's in the Forest marriages 1925 - 1934 and Holy Trinity Harrow Green baptisms up to 1899.