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.

Get Started



28 Nov 2020

Covid-19 / Coronavirus situation

Unfortunately we have to re-impose the restrictions on opening the Heritage Resource Centre, following Government guidelines. In addition we cannot hold any meetings where there...


27 Nov 2020

Need Help with this Site or with your Membership?

Need Help with this Site or with your membership? We have been working hard this month to answer your questions regarding our new site and...


13 Nov 2020

Di Harding Award 2020

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Di Harding Award for 2020. Details can be found on the Award page. Congratulations to all...


Next Meetings

7 Dec 2020

To be advised

All our monthly meetings have been postponed or cancelled awaiting the outcome of more information on meeting regulations.

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1 Jan 2021

FHF 1939 Register Podcast

The Family History Federation are starting to produce podcasts which are available to hear on their website - see the 'Ask the Federation' pages. September...

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5 Jun 2021

Summer Outing

Preliminary notice of a walk and talk on the history of the Fort and other structures on Culver Down, guided by Tim Wander. Maybe lunch...

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Become a Member
for just
£6 per year

More details can be be found on our
'About the Society' web page.

The Society was formed in 1985 and offers members:

  • 4x 64 page information packed journals per year (either printed or an eJournal, depending on type of membership)
  • Monthly meetings with guest speakers (except May, June and August)
  • A One Day Conference with guest speakers (in May)
  • An organised visit to an Island place of historical interest (in June)
  • A Members Area on the website which includes a number of databases and a Journal archive
  • A way to connect with other family historians and those of your family name worldwide
  • A Facebook group (which is also open to non-members)