Today's date is 23 Aug 2014
WW I Centenary : War related deaths : No Island people died on this day in 1914

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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Cowes from a Victorian guide book (click to enlarge)


4 August 2014 :
WW I Centenary :

From today, we will be 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, while in the armed or merchant naval services, or as a result of enemy action. There will also be a link to a page which displays the names of those who died.

30 July 2014 : the August Journal is now available to members as a PDF from the website, and all printed copies are in the process of being despatched.
Members can download the Journal as a PDF from the link on the Journal Archive page :-

Journal Archive

31 May 2014 : NOTE:- the Society's Resource Centre in St Thomas' Square, Newport closed on 31 May 2014.

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Next Meeting

Monday 1st September 2014. Riverside Centre, Newport. 7 pm for 7.30 pm.

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