Today's date is 18 Mar 2018
WW I Centenary : War related deaths : 1 Island person died on this day in 1918
Click this link WW I deaths on this day for details
WW II 75th Anniversary : War related deaths : No Island people died on this day in 1943

The Isle of Wight Family History Society is for all those who want to research their ancestors.

Members include people with island ancestry who live on the UK mainland or elsewhere in the world as well as those who live on the Isle of Wight but whose families came from elsewhere.
The experience and knowledge of our members range from those just starting their researches to those who have over 30 or 40 years experience - one of the aims of the Society is to share the experience to help those just starting.
If you are just starting your researches - see this Message from Jon Matthews on how to get going.
Whether you are an experienced researcher or just browsing this site, we hope that you will find something to interest you - the 'Family Name' search below will show those records we hold on this site, some accessible without membership.

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* Database Quick Search gives an at a glance view of the number of records we hold for a particular surname, and then links to a list of those records.

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This search facility will return entries on the static pages of the website. Entries in the searchable databases will not be searched. A search results screen will then be displayed in a new tab or window with links to the web pages meeting the search criteria.

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The IWFHS Facebook Group is open to all and members of the group freely exchange their knowledge and try to help one another.


1 Feb 2018 : the current (No 128, Feb 2018) Journal is now available to members as a PDF from the website, and printed copies are being despatched.
Members can download Journals as a PDF from the link on the Journal Archive page :-

Journal Archive

Next Meeting(s)

9 Apr 2018
7 pm for 7.30 pm
Hunnyhill Room, Riverside Centre, Newport, PO30 2QR
The Cowes Steam Tug Co.
Speaker : Dr Kevin Towner
Kevin will describe the history of the Cowes Steam Tug Company and the personalities involved from its formation in 1884 to the eventual sale (after several takeovers) of its assets in 1926. In the process he will show how company records can provide a surprising amount of detailed information for family historians!

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More news : 7 Mar 2018
We have added to the website, a set of data from Records of people apprenticed out from the House of Industry. Requires members' password.
House of Industry Apprentices Search page
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