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 Feb 2024

Journal 152 now available

The current (No 152, February 2024) Journal is now available to members as a PDF from the website, and printed copies are being despatched. Members...


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...


29 Nov 2023

Attrill family information

We have recreated some of the ATTRILL family information compiled by the late Robin LEWIN and retrieved from the Internet Wayback machine snapshots. This is...


Next Meetings

4 Mar 2024

Scouting on the Isle of Wight - Scouts in WW I and WW II

Barry Groves, of the Isle of Wight Scouts Heritage Group, will give a talk on the role of Island Scouts in the two World Wars.

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8 Apr 2024

From the Isle of Wight to the U.S.A. - Lavers emigrants

Anthony Lavers will outline some of his ancestors' journeys from the Isle of Wight to the U.S.A. This is part of a series on the...

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4 May 2024

2024 One Day Conference

HOLD THE DATE ! We are planning to hold our Conference in 2024 on Saturday 4th May, the date now having been confirmed with the...

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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)