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.  A 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.

7 Nov 2020   Online Only     *** LATE CHANGE ***

  2:30 pm    Milkmaids, Munition Workers, Milliners and Match Girls: 
Women at Work by Dr Janet Few  Online only

  A look at women's occupations of the past and how to find out more about them

5 Dec 2020    Online Only *** LATE CHANGE ***

  2:30 pm     Getting the best from the new FamilySearch website
                                                                   by John Hanson  Online only

See how the website looks now. We find out what the site has to offer and explore some of the ways to use the site better. This web site is available world-wide so all our members whether near or far should find some area on the site to help their research. 

2 Jan 2020   Online Only

2:30 pm   Sold, Separated, Divorced by Ian Waller                 Online Only

Throughout history marriages have always broken down having a significant effect on the family. Not everyone divorced but there are records recording desertion, wife sale, separation and divorce some of which needed an Act of Parliament.

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  Online Only

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

 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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