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 evening meeting on 10th September will be an on-line talk, Errors, Lies and Misinformation by David Cufley.

On Saturday 3rd August we have our summer lunch and walk. The walk will be guided by Jacqueline Baker around Walthamstow Village. It will start near St Mary's Church, taking in some of the notable people and places associated with the area

You can search our records on-line at
April update: Transcriptions of the St Andrew's, Higham Hill marriage registers up to 1934 have been added to the database.