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 13th February will be an on-line talk about A genealogist's worst nightmare by Janet Few.

You can search our records on-line at
January update: Transcriptions of the St Oswald's Walthamstow marriage registers up to 1940 have been added to the database.