Isle of Wight FHS News

21 May 2016 President and Committee Membership Chris Braund was elected President at the AGM held on 14th May 2016.

Also at the AGM, the Officers and Committee of the Society were re-elected - the current postholders are listed on our Committee webpage

Please Note : two of the current Committee members have indicated that they wish to reduce their commitments to the Society in the next 2 years. Please consider whether you, as a Member, would like to assist the running of the Society in some capacity. Please contact the
  • Chairman to discuss potential roles. The Treasurer role is at present vacant, and suitable candidates are invited to discuss this role.
  • 20 August 2015 Committee Membership At our Planning and Strategy meeting, we co-opted Steve Palmer as a Committee Member with the responsibility of Research Coordinator.

    He can be contacted using this link to show his e-mail address :

    Research Coordinator
    July 2015 Wills Transcriptions Member Anne Vinnicombe has kindly allowed us to have copies of transcriptions of a number of Wills made by Island men and women from the 18th and 18th Centuries.

    They are available to search in our Members' Only Area - see Members' Only Area
    July 2015 LL postcards There are many examples on this website of postcards published by the French company who used the imprint 'LL'. I have been under the misapprehension that this stood for 'Louis Levy' but I have been reliably informed that the company was actually, in one of its incarnations, 'Léon & Lévy' and that for many years the postcard collectors' community has attributed the 'LL' designation to 'Louis Levy' on flawed evidence.
    For the time being I will leave the Louis Levy designation on the website (there are 146 instances of it) but will eventually modify it to a more accurate description.
    - Geoff Allan, and thanks to Antony Barton for bringing this to my attention.
    July 2015 Closure of The Parish Chest The Parish Chest, which is to be closed to new transactions on 10 Aug 2015, was used to pay subscriptions by most of our Overseas and European members (who typically do not have sterling bank accounts) and many of our UK members.
    The Committee had anticipated this closure and has already set up an account with PayPal - so we will be able to continue giving members, and prospective members, an online payment option.
    However, for the time being, this will be limited to subscriptions and donations. Please note that when using PayPal for subscriptions, PayPal generates an annual recurring payment (equivalent to a Banker's Standing Order); please bear this in mind. This recurring payment can be cancelled at any time.
    Given the extremely low take-up of our 'shop' (books, CDs, DVD, etc), we are considering whether it is viable to continue this; a decision will be made within the next 3 months and notified in the November journal.
    You can access the PayPal facility at:
    Become a Member
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    August 2013 House of Industry information now online The NHS Healing Arts organisation on the Isle of Wight have made available records of Burials at the Workhouse Burial Ground. Records are incomplete but can be found in the Press Release at Isle of Wight Workhouse Burial Ground Memorial           
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    July 2014 Contents under review We are reviewing what we can present in this area
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