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



We are still unable to hold live meetings.  All talks are online only until further notice

We will send an email,, as usual, to members in and around West Essex, with the link to join the meeting.  

The link is also available in the Members' Area of our website.  Just login and choose the 'Resources for Members' item at the bottom of the menu. Click on the link under Zoom meetings to go to our 'ESFH Online' page. Choose West Essex to find this meeting.  

You may also like to watch recordings of earlier talks from Headquarters that you will find on these pages.

6 Feb 2021   Online Only

2:30 pm   The Lloyd George Domesday (Valuation Survey) 1910-1915
& the National Farm Survey 1941-1943 by Gill Blanchard  

Discover why they were introduced, what records exist, where to find them and how to use them in family, house and local history research.

 6 Mar 2021 Online Only

2:30 pm  Eleanor's Way with Graham Sutherland

Following the route of the Eleanor Crosses from Lincolnshire to London, raised by Edward I to mark the resting places of his beloved dead Queen Eleanor including the one in Hertfordshire at Waltham Cross, close to the Essex border .

3 Apr 2021 Online Only

2:30 pm   Question time with the Committee and members

To help break down your Brick Wall
Please submit your questions in advance to emt.cox2@btinternet.com , so that we can try and find some hints and tips or answers to help knock the Wall down 

1 May 2021

2:30 pm   The Long Paper Trail with Sue Paul

Using the example of the papers discovered in an attic, I demonstrate how we may find forebears hidden in private papers held in archives.Sue Paul

5 Jun 2021

2:30 pm   Lodge Coaches (High Easter) by Robert Lodge

They are very much a family business with a long history, dating back to 1920, when a service from High Easter to Chelmsford was operated, using a converted Model T Ford, this service is still running today using a more modern vehicle.Robert Lodge

3 Jul 2021

2:30 pm   Trinity House by Karl Lumber

The safety of shipping and well being of seafarers have been the prime concern since being incorporated by Royal Charter in 1514.

7 Aug 2021

2:30 pm   Commonwealth War Graves Commission by Sophie Newton

Find out about the organisation that look after the War Graves around the world and the records they hold.

4 Sep 2021

2:30 pm   Annual General Meetings followed by Ware Through Time with Diana Perkins

A look at a typical High Street and the shops through the ages.

2 Oct 2021

2:30 pm   Handwriting workshop with Dr Mark Carroll – to be confirmed

To help you decipher handwriting in documents 

6 Nov 2021

2:30 pm   House History by Karen Averby

The Victorian homes in East London

4 Dec 2021

Christmas Quiz with the Committee

Don't forget to look at the 'Reports', when available, of talks that we have enjoyed at recent meetings.As a member, if you miss a meeting when it is live, you can log in to our 'member's area' go to 'Resources for members' and find a recording of the talks.  These are usually available, with the permission of the speaker, for up to one moth.

Our People:
Acting 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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