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



13 May 2021

Covid-19 / Coronavirus situation

Now that some of the restrictions are being lifted, we can start to plan re-opening the Heritage Resource Centre. We intend, subject to the roadmap...


7 May 2021

Miscellaneous Nominal Rolls

Miscellaneous Nominal Rolls We have now converted a number of the Nominal Rolls and Poll Books, which were held on the Legacy website as database...


30 Apr 2021

AGM Election 2021

As in 2020, we are not able to hold a physical Annual General Meeting at the time in the year (May) when we would normally...


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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22 May 2021

One Day Conference and AGM

One Day Conference and Annual General Meeting "Crime and Punishment" We will hold our 2021 Conference via Zoom on 22nd May 2021 (Saturday) Our agenda...

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12 Jun 2021

An Introduction to Oral History

A free short day course given by Lisa Kerley, to introduce the topic of recording Oral History. Please note that booking for this needs to...

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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)