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
  • FMP discount

Our next meeting on 12th July will consist of a workshop on the 1921 census. We will explore this in person at the church hall. The meeting will start at 8pm.

You can search our records on-line at
June update: Transcriptions of the St John's Walthamstow 1902 - 1910 and High Beech 1838 - 1911 marriage registers have been added to the database.