Today's date is 25 May 2017
WW I Centenary : War related deaths : 1 Island person died on this day in 1917
Click this link WW I deaths on this day for details
WW II 75th Anniversary : War related deaths : No Island people died on this day in 1942

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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May 2017
The bombing of Cowes and East Cowes
75 years ago this month, on the night of 4/5th May 1942, German bombers attacked the towns of Cowes and East Cowes, causing widespread destruction and killing about 80 people, many of them civilians. The majority of those who died were buried in communal graves at Northwood Cemetery, Cowes and Kingston Road Cemetery, East Cowes.

30 April 2017 : the current (No 125, May 2017) 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)

17 Jun 2017
10.30 am for 11.00
St John's Church, Northwood, Isle of Wight
SUMMER OUTING to Northwood Church

A tour of the historic church at Northwood, with refreshments as well. £4 donation; contact Hazel Pullen for more details. An optional tour of Northwood Cemetery is possible.
3 Jul 2017
7 pm for 7.30 pm
Hunnyhill Room, Riverside Centre, Newport, PO30 2QR
Dave Hollis
Speaker : The history of Brighstone Stores

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