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



16 Jul 2021

County Record Office opening arrangements

We have had the following message from Richard Smout regarding the County Record Office, in Newport, Isle of Wight : The Record Office will be...


9 Jul 2021

Member’s Zoom Chat Sessions – Coming Soon!

Over the next three months we shall be presenting monthly member chat sessions using Zoom and, if successful, this will become a regular feature in...


7 Jul 2021

Database Updates July 2021

Database updates We have now incorporated two databases into our searchable database set. Newspaper BMD Announcements : transcriptions from Births Marriages and Deaths announcements from...


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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11 Aug 2021

Members' Chat Session

My Ancestors came to the Isle: Stories and chat about incomers to the isle. Who, when and why and what happened to them. Do you...

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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)