Today's date is 28 May 2016
WW I Centenary : War related deaths : No Island people died on this day in 1916
WW II 75th Anniversary : War related deaths : No Island people died on this day in 1941

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.
Whether you are an experienced researcher or just browsing this site, we hope that you will find something to interest you - the 'Family Name' search below will show those records we hold on this site, some accessible without membership.

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* Database Quick Search gives an at a glance view of the number of records we hold for a particular surname, and then links to a list of those records.

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This search facility will return entries on the static pages of the website. Entries in the searchable databases will not be searched. A search results screen will then be displayed in a new tab or window with links to the web pages meeting the search criteria.

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The IWFHS Facebook Group is open to all and members of the group freely exchange their knowledge and try to help one another.


21 May 2016 : Following our very successful Conference and AGM on 14 May 2016, we are now in the process of preparing the transcripts of the talks and the IWFHS display materials used. Watch this website and the August Journal for more information to come.

31 January 2016 : the current (No 121, May 2016) Journal is now available to members as a PDF from the website, and printed copies are being despatched.
Members can download Journals as a PDF from the link on the Journal Archive page :-

Journal Archive

Next Meeting(s)

4 Jun 2016

Kingston Church, PO38 2JZ
A guided tour of St James's Church, Kingston .

PLEASE NOTE Change of date to that previously published
More details to follow. We shall have a guided tour of the Church, which is rarely opened to the public.

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4 Jul 2016
7.00 pm for 7.30 pm
Hunnyhill Room, Riverside Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2QR
Finding Balmoral House: the beginning of complex genealogy
Speaker : Sharon Beddard

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