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Welcome


The East of London Family History Society’s aim is to promote and encourage the public and private study of family history, genealogy, cultural heritage, heraldry and local history with particular reference to the eastern area of Greater London.

The Society was formed in 1978 by a group of enthusiasts who shared an interest in family history research in the historic area to the east of the City of London.

Now a registered charity with over 1,800 members worldwide, the Society has no central offices, telephones or paid staff and all our services are provided by volunteer members.

Whether you are new to studying family history or a seasoned genealogist we hope you will find something to interest you.

Melissa Ford, Chairwoman

Area of interest


Our geographic area of interest is that part of Greater London, north of the Thames and east of the old City of London gates of Aldgate & Bishopsgate.

Then eastwards through the modern day London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham, Barking and Dagenham through Redbridge to the edge of Metropolitan Essex at Havering.
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Membership benefits


  • Access our member only on-line resources
  • Message Board to post requests for assistance
  • Quarterly journal "Cockney Ancestor"
  • Publish your surname interests online
  • Free entry to Branch meetings

Free stuff