Today's date is 14 Feb 2016
WW I Centenary : War related deaths : 1 Island person died on this day in 1916
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WW II 75th Anniversary : War related deaths : 1 Island person died on this day in 1941
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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.


31 January 2016 : the current (No 120, Feb 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

7 Jan 2016 : Preliminary details for the One Day Conference in May can now be found on the ODC page - see ODC 2016 - All at Sea

10 Dec 2015 : The Winners of the Di Harding Award for 2015 have been announced. For full details see The Di Harding Awards

Next Meeting(s)

7 Mar 2016
7 pm for 7.30 pm
Hunnyhill Room, Riverside Centre, Newport, PO30 2QR
John Buncombe - silhouette artist of Newport.
Speaker : Rosemary Cooper of Carisbrooke Castle Museum
John Buncombe came to the Island in the 1790s and set up in business in Newport, producing silhouette portraits. This talk will give an insight into his tragic personal life and will be illustrated by examples of his work.

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