Answers to frequently asked questions


  1. Can you answer ancestry/genealogy or local history questions?
  2. How do I send my own personal memories/pictures I'd like to share?
  3. What format should I use to send in my personal memories/pictures?
  4. If I send you my personal story or pictures, will it become 'public domain'?
  5. What is the difference between the [Private reply] and the [Public reply] buttons at the foot of the emails?
  6. What is the reference link in email headers in the Postbag?
  7. How do I read PDF files?

1. Can you answer ancestry/genealogy or local history questions?

We are happy to receive emails on lost relatives for both personal reasons and family history research. We are not however able to answer any queries about the history of Walthamstow or about lost relatives etc... We provide a bulletin board service where your query is recorded with your email address, in the hope that someone browsing the website may have an answer for you. In the past this has worked well and numerous queries and connections have been made between people.
We are not able to respond to any queries about facilities in Waltham Forest or to give details of local services (we have in the past been asked to give quotes for using the Assembly Hall for a wedding or to provide details of waste disposal!) - try the Waltham Forest Council website).


2. How do I send in my own personal memories/pictures I'd like to share?

Send your emails to either the site originator, John Knowles at email or to Daniel Quinn, co-editor and web-master at daniel@walthamstowmemories.net. Daniel is providing a greater range of information and better feedback for all of us who contribute and use the site.


3. What format should I use to send in my personal memories/pictures?

Text: simple emails or, as an attachment, Word-processor files (ie: Microsoft Word®;, etc..) of PDF®; files.
Images: jpg format is preferable, possibly in 150dpi or better resolution (if you don't know what this means.. just ignore!)


4. If I send you my personal story or pictures, will it become 'public domain'?

We are always willing to receive family photographs and stories about those who live(d) in Walthamstow and the surrounding suburbs of London. By sending us your personal stories/photographs and attachements, you implicitly give authorisation to post them on the "Walthamstow Memories" for public reading, but you retain ownership of their copyright. However, our visitors may download both text & images from the site, as long as it is for their personal use only. By no means any of the contents of the "Walthamstow Memories" site may be reproduced for commercial purposes, unless expressly authorised in writing by John Knowles, originator & editor of "Walthamstow Memories" site.


5. What is the difference between the [Private reply] and the [Public reply] buttons at the foot of the emails?

By clicking on Public Reply Button your reply to the author of the posted message is also sent to us, and it will eventually appear in the Postbag.
By clicking on Private Reply Button your reply is sent to the author of the posted message, but not to us and will therefore not appear in the Postbag.
If you receive a "Public Reply" to a message you have posted here, please make sure you "reply to all", if you wish to continue the "public" conversation.


6. What is the reference link in email headers in the Postbag?

Email in the Postbags that are a "Public Reply", contain a link (date): if you click on it, you will jump the originating message. To return, click on the 'back' button of your browser.


7. How do I read PDF files?

In order to provide easy access to all the stories that have been sent in to us, we have created a PDF library. Here is a short explanation for those of you not familiar with the term PDF and what it means when you want to read a PDF file: PDF (Portable Document Format) is a universal file format developed by Adobe® that preserves all the fonts, formatting, graphics, and colour of any source document, regardless of the application and platform used to create it. Nearly all of the stories that contain text and pictures (previously stored on individual pages on the Walthamstow Memories website) are now stored as PDF files. To read them you might need to download Adobe Reader here...

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