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...


27 Apr 2024

Voting for Officers and Committee 2024

Online voting for Officers andCommitte of the Society and approval of the Chairman's Report for 2023, and the Financial Report for 2023, is  open from...


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...


Next Meetings

25 May 2024

Shanklin Exhibition - 80th Anniversary of D-Day

See poster for details  Shanklin Poster  

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3 Jun 2024

I'm not blessed well jokin'!

Alan Phillips will give a talk based on oral histories recorded in Bembridge in the 1970s and 1980s by 15 of the older members of...

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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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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)