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



18 Feb 2021

Need Help with this Site or with your Membership?

We have been working hard to answer your questions regarding our new site and managing your memberships online. Click here to download and view our...


13 Feb 2021


We have now been able to make available some of the presentations we have had, including the recent Society Zoom session on 1 February. For...


10 Feb 2021

Exchanged Journals From Other Societies

For a number of years we have exchanged our published journals with a selection of other Family History Societies. Some of those societies issue electronic...


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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1 Mar 2021

Isle of Wight Firefighting AD300 - 1948

Damon Corr, a serving firefighter with the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, covers all aspects of the history of the Fire Services on...

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5 Apr 2021

The fortification of Culver Down

Tim Wander has researched extensively the fortifications on Culver Down, from Victorian times (the Palmerston Forts) through WW I and WW II to the post...

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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)