Vice-President : Janet Few (née Braund)

I am now in my fourth decade of family and local history research and I am lucky enough to be able to visit many FHSs and local history societies around the country to give talks on these subjects. I joined IWFHS in its first year and for many years I ran the library and bookstall for the society. I was also involved in organising the 5 day 'Cherry Stones' conference on the island in 1995, which, thanks to a great team of volunteers, put our society on the map and help build up the funds necessary to open our resource centre.
I ran family history classes on the island and many islanders with lower membership numbers will have attended these. Together with my students, I entered for the certificates in Genealogy and Heraldry awarded by the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies. At one time, more than half those who held these certificates lived on the island. I have been involved in family history at a national level and was the education liaison officer for the Federation of Family History Societies for several years, having the responsibility for facilitating the training of family history teachers. Having finally finished my PhD, researching migration patterns in C19th North Devon, I am now working on a book about seventeenth century social history. My alter ego, Mistress Agnes, spends two or three days a week living in the C17th, where she imparts information about life in the time of the English Civil War to tourists and school children. I was very honoured to be a past President of IWFHS and try to be as involved as my non-island address will allow.

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