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



29 Sep 2021

Member’s Zoom Chat Sessions

Zoom Chat Sessions continuing into 2022 We are pleased to announce that our monthly Zoom Chat sessions are being sheduled through to 2022. As we...


25 Aug 2021

Strays database now incorporated

We have now incorporated the Strays database into our set of searchable databases. This identifies several thousand entries of vital events relating to Isle of...


4 Aug 2021

New Venue and time for our monthly meetings

We have now agreed to hold our Monthly meetings at Arreton Community Hall, in the centre of the Island. We have also decided to hold...


Next Meetings

1 Jan 2021 to 31 Dec 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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10 Jan 2022

Cowes Heritage and Community Group

Cowes Heritage and Community Group - an update by Jon Matthews Jon will bring us up to date on the progress made at the Beckford...

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7 Feb 2022

17th Century Herbalists

17th Century Herbalists Maddy Dobson image with acknowledgments from

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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)