Vice-President : Janet Griffin

Janet Griffin I was born in Aldershot, Hampshire and after moving round Hampshire (Basingstoke, Emsworth and Gosport) we came to the Island when Dad was posted to Cowes in 1966. He was in the Hampshire Constabulary. So, I have no Island ancestry. My Mum's family are from Lancashire (CATLOW, DUCKWORTH), Kent (GOLDUP) and the East End of London (HOWARD). Dad's family are from Yorkshire (JUDSON, PILLEY, CARNELLEY, STONES), though I have found one branch of the JUDSON family in Wales.

Both of my husband, Ralph's, parents were born on the Mainland. Although there are quite a few GRIFFINs on the Island his family moved to the Island in 1948 from Lambeth, London. Besides London (GRIFFIN, SMITH) his father's family came from Hampshire (LAISHLEY) and Middlesex (LAWRENCE). His mother's family came from Cheshire (BOOTH, DAVENPORT), Nottinghamshire (STANFIELD) and the Isle of Wight (COOK, JUPE, BULL, WARDER, YOUNG). Although I have done some research on all lines in both mine and my husband's families I have naturally concentrated on the Island branch. I am now researching the descendants of his 5 x great grandparents, William BULL and Jenny YOUNG, who were married at Whitwell in 1763.

I started researching my family in 1975 in the days before home computers and indexes. Then, it was a case of travelling to the Record Office of where your ancestor came from and trawling through original records to find that elusive entry. Or travelling to the Public Record Office (now the National Archives) in London, waiting ages in a queue until a microfilm reader was free, and then scrolling through reel after reel of film in the hope of looking in the right place for a census entry.

In January 1985 I attended the inaugural meeting of the Isle of Wight Family History Society at Athena House, John Street, Ryde and have been a member ever since. During that time I have been Treasurer, Vice Chairman and Chairman. I was the journal distributor for many years until I became Chairman. For many years I organised the coach trips to visit the record offices in London and National Archives at Kew.