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 14th Decemmber, when we will meet in person at the church hall. Jeff Harvey will give his talk "Auntie's Old Photos" showing us examples of photos from the past and things to look for in them.

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.