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London Borough of Waltham Forest

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL: http://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/lib/intro/lib_intro.stm
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): LND, ESS

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Waltham Forest Archives and Local History Library
Vestry House Museum
Vestry Road
E17 9NH
Tel: 020 8509 1917
Fax: 020 8509 9539

Opening hours:

Monday: closed
Tuesday: 1000-1300, 1400-1715
Wednesday: 1000-1300, 1400-1715
Thursday: closed
Friday: 1000-1300, 1400-1715
Saturday: 1000-1300, 1400-1645
In special circumstances it may be possible to accommodate visits outside normal opening hours. Please apply in writing to the Archivist.

Other Libraries:


3. Research Service

Service available? No

Fee-based? -

Provided by local Record Office? No
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations No

5. Census returns

1811 Walthamstow
1821 Leyton, Walthamstow
1831 Leyton, Walthamstow
1841 Chingford, Leyton, Walthamstow (part only has survived for Walthamstow)
1851-1891 inclusive Chingford, Leyton, Walthamstow

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

~see attached list$

6(b) City and Town Directories

~see attached list$

6(c) Telephone Directories

Waltham Forest 1973 to date (incomplete)

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Chingford 1939 to date
Leyton 1893 to date
Walthamstow 1906-1921, 1932 to date

7(b) Poll Books

Essex 1734, 1763, 1768, 1774, 1810, 1830
North Essex 1865
South Essex 1859, 1865

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1988 edition, English counties; microfiche
Information Services at Walthamstow Central Library hold: 1992 edition, English counties; microfiche (tel. 0181 520 3031)

9. Unpublished Indexes

Census returns:
Street index: Chingford 1891; Leyton 1841-1891; Walthamstow 1841-1891
Name index: Chingford 1851-1891; Leyton 1821-1881; Walthamstow 1811-1831, 1851-1881
Deed Indexes:
Leyton and Walthamstow: selected deeds series, c.16th century - 20th century
General Names Indexes:
Chingford, Leyton and Walthamstow: indexes cover selected parish registers and other parish records pre-1880 approximately
Newspaper Index:
c. late 19th century to c.1970s. Mainly Walthamstow area (very selective)

10. Parish Registers

~see attached handlist$

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Waltham Forest Family History Society Newsletter
Essex Family Historian

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

None published

13. Other material

Waltham Forest Deanery: parish records
Chingford Mount Cemetery: registers 1884-1970
Nonconformist Church records, school records, charity records, manorial records: we hold series of records for each of these categories. Please contact the Archivist for further information.

14. Guides to Collections

None published

15. Local Record Offices

Waltham Forest Archives and Local History Library
Vestry House Museum
Vestry Road
E17 9NH
Tel: 0181 509 1917
Fax: 0181 509 9539

Other information

All resources described in response to questions in this survey are available at Waltham Forest Archives and Local History Library, Vestry House Museum, unless stated otherwise in individual entries.