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, then there are a number of sources for beginners. Many of these are subscription sites which offer free short term subscriptions before you commit. We do not have any commercial relationships with these organisations.


FindmyPast Getting started

Ancestry Getting started

FamilySearch Getting started

The National Archives Research Guides





1 May 2024

Journal 153 now available

The current (No 153, May 2024) Journal is now available to members as a PDF from the website, and printed copies are being despatched. Members...


5 Mar 2024

War Memorials Index added

We are adding more information about National and International War Memorials where Isle of Wight men and women are commemorated. This is the next stage...


6 Dec 2023

The Di Harding Awards for 2023

We now have the results of the Di Harding Awards for 2023 All the prizewinners have been notified and the results can be found at...


Next Meetings

1 Jul 2024

A local wartime diary and D-Day June 6 1944 : East Cowes memories

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIME AND VENUE FOR THIS EVENT - An evening meeting at Newclose County Cricket Ground. Sarah Burdett of East Cowes will...

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2 Sep 2024

Renewing the Minster - Newport

The Minster Church of Sts Thomas in Newport has recently been extensively renovated. Hannah Griffiths, the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Minster, will give us a...

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5 Sep 2024

Visit to Farringford House and gardens

A guided tour of Farringford House and gardens, former home of Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Tour numbers are limited to 16 per group. A second tour...

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Become a Member
for just
£8 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)