Today's date is 25 Jan 2015
WW I Centenary : War related deaths : 1 Island person died on this day in 1915
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 1940

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.

Bishop Brothers' Shoe shop [click to enlarge]

The Needles Old Battery [click to enlarge]


30 Oct 2014 : the November Journal is now available to members as a PDF from the website, and printed copies are being despatched. Membership Renewal forms are included in this edition.
Members can download the Journal as a PDF from the link on the Journal Archive page :-

Journal Archive

WW I Centenary / WW II 75th Anniversary :
We are now presenting a count of the number of people from the Isle of Wight, or those associated with the Island, who "died on this day" 100 years ago (WW I) or 75 years ago (WW II), while in the armed or merchant naval services, or as a result of enemy action. There is also a link to a page which displays the names of those who died.

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Next Meeting

02 Feb 2015
7 pm for 7.30 pm
Hunnyhill Room, Riverside Centre, Newport, PO30 2QR
Members Meeting
IWFHS Members
An informal meeting with a chance for members to bring any material and photographs that could be used for the One Day Conference on 9th May entitled Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailmaker
02 Mar 2015
7 pm for 7.30 pm
Hunnyhill Room, Riverside Centre, Newport, PO30 2QR
Researching the Needles Battery
Hannah Griffiths
An update on the history of the Battery, especially the WW II period, with examples of research from The National Archives