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Dear All

Thanks to everyone who has emailed me and other Executive Committee members with views on what we should do in this unprecedented situation.

After taking those views into consideration and in the light of government advice about large gatherings, we now consider that we have no alternative but to postpone the AGM on Saturday 28 March.

On the plus side, our audio visual and stage providers have generously waived their cancellation fee and Tower Hamlets, who manage the venue, have said that we can arrange a new date at no extra cost.

For those of you who attend branches, we have agreed with your chairmen that branch meetings will be cancelled for the foreseeable future.

It’s a great pity that it has come to this but our members’ health and welfare is more important. Why not use your ‘free’ time to do some work on your family trees and, perhaps, write an article or two for CA?

We also have a Facebook page (The East of London Family History Society Group) so you can share your brick walls or help another member to break down their wall. We might even interest new members to join through our Facebook page.

We will update you by email and on the website as and when we have news. Thank you all for your support at this difficult time. Keep safe and I hope that we can all get together again before too long.

Best Wishes



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


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
  • Discussion Group to post requests for assistance
  • Quarterly journal "Cockney Ancestor"
  • Publish your surname interests online
  • Free entry to Branch meetings

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