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 talk will be on 8th September by Gill Blanchard entitled “I therefore post him as a coward”. This will be an on-line session.
Joining detals will be sent out by email to members near the time.

We are continuing the Cabin Fever sessions on-line. The next one will be on 21st September at 8pm. We will have a chat about what research we are currently doing, or puzzles we want help with. Joining instructions will be sent round by email.

You can search our records on-line at
June update: Gathering MIs from Chingford Mount Cemetery has been paused due to limited access at present. Instead Marriages at All Saints Highams Park have been made available to search, with 1913 to 1918 checked so far.