Where we meet:
The Branch meets at the St. John's Arts & Recreation Centre, Market Street, Harlow, CM17 0AJ .
This building is the former St John the Baptist church which has been converted into a well used recreation centre.  It is an appropriate building for family historians to meet.

When we meet:
The Branch meets on the first Saturday of each month.
Doors open at 2.15 pm so that members can discuss their research and make use of our facilities.  These comprise of a library of genealogy books, available for loan to Society members, and internet access where we can give help in using on line sources, including our Society databases
Our talks start at 2.45 pm.  They last for about one hour, followed by refreshments and discussion.

All are welcome at the meetings, so come along and meet other family historians.

Our Programme:
The programme of meetings can also be seen on our 'ESFH Events' page.

7 September 2019  Annual General Meeting

                               followed by The New River by Richard Thomas

Follow the building of this 400-year-old, 40-mile-long, wandering man-made waterway from Chadwell Spring in Hertfordshire to the Round Pond in Islington.  It was created to supply Jacobean London with fresh drinking water when many of the population were having to consume untreated River Thames water.

5 October 2019       Essex Family & Local History on Line by Eric Probert

Eric will be talking about various Essex web sites that could help you find information about your Essex ancestor and where they lived

2 November 2019   The Brickwall I have managed to knock down with Local Members

This year some members will tell us how they solved their family history problems.

7 December 2019    Christmas Quiz & Social with Elizabeth Cox

Our annual social gathering with the family history orientated quiz and mince pies!

4 January 2020        A walk with the Admiral - The History of a Suburban Road with Richard Thomas

A simple story of a street, from the first land records in 1527 up to aerial photographs of the 21 st century. You see the plans of the Victorian developer, meet the first families and follow the growth of the community up to the present day.

1 February 2020    The Bishop's Stortford Union Workhouse by Bill Hardy

The story of the union workhouse for the parishes across the Hertfordshire/Essex border, includes The Hallingburys and Stansted

Reports of previous Talks:

Don't forget to look at the 'Reports' of talks that we have enjoyed at recent meetings.

Our People:
Chairman - Miss Elizabeth Cox, 9 Riverside Court, Cambridge Road, Harlow, Essex CM20 2AD
Telephone - UK 01279 434267 International +44 1279 434267
E-mail - emt.cox2@btinternet.com

Secretary - Mrs Sue Spiller, 31 Ash Tree Field, Harlow, CM20 1QD
E-mail - suespiller@yahoo.co.uk

Local Information:
Each of our Branches has a volunteer contact (click "Contact Us" at the top of this page) 
who is able to provide help and information to members by e-mail regarding the area covered by the Branch. Our Harlow Branch covers Harlow. Epping, Ongar, Hatfield Heath, Hatfield Broad Oak and the villages in between and the contact for these enquiries is Mrs Sue Spiller at suespiller@yahoo.co.uk

News etc from West Essex (Harlow) branch may now also be found on Facebook at

West Essex Branch ( Harlow ) Essex Society for Family History 

Don't forget to look at the reports from some of our recent meetings.
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