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 February meeting will feature a talk by Mo Shanks on growing up in Wlathamstow. Mo has written three family history books and this talk will include a significant amount of social history and tell us about aspects of family life in the area not so long ago.

You can search our records on-line at
January update: We have added marriages at Chingford 1918-1924 and 1829-1837, and plan to complete the first 100 years of the marriage registers covering Ss Peter & Paul, Chinford before the 175th anniversary of the church this summer.