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 AGM meeting is on 10th November

Myko Clelland of Findmypast will be speaking about the 1939 Register at our meeting on 8th December. There was no census in 1941 because the country was at war, but a register of the population was taken on 29th September 1939. The register includes name, address, and occupation for people. As it wasn't a census and was taken under separate legislation, it isn't subject to the 100 year closure given by the 1920 Census Act and will make information available about a time within living memories, though information on people born less than 100 years ago will be withheld. Myko will talk about what is covered by the project, the history of the records, what can be found and how to search the records. There will doubtless be questions about how much information will be available for a 1939 household from which some people are still living and how to get information released for someone known to have died.

If you'd like more information, please contact us

You can now search our records on-line at records.wffhs.org.uk