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 next meetiing will be on 12th Octomber, when we will meet in person at the church hall to play a game, solving a family history research puzzle.

You can search our records on-line at
September update: The St John's Leytonstone marriage reggister 1891 - 1898 has been added to the database.
In August about 500 graves from Chingford Mount Cemetery have been added to the database, mostly in sections E5, F5, and G5.