This page provides an archive of all the News Items that have previously been published on the website
This page provides an archive of all the News Items that have previously been published on the website
|BMD SYSTEM CHANGES
We are planning a major change to the BMD System as from 1st November 2010. Due to Dina and David Broughton's imminent retirement from active involvement in the Society, and the BMD System, we have re-developed the BMD System to make it more easily supportable in the future, but there will also be some additional features - principally the ability to search over a wider range of years than is now possible. The change to the new system will take place in two stages - initially, the Births and Deaths Records will be moved to the new system on 1st November, followed by the Marriages Records at a later date. There will be a short break in service during the changeover process.
[18th October 2010]
Lesley Abraham has now taken over from Angela McMurtry as Programme Secretary. Thanks to Angela for her work in this area over the last year or so. Lesley is a long standing member of the Society, recently returned to family history, and at one time was our Journal Editor. Please contact Lesley for any correspondence regarding our forthcoming programme.
[5th October 2010]
ISLE OF WIGHT FHS STRAYS CONVERTED TO SEARCHABLE DATABASES
We have now completed the exercise to convert the unformatted Strays pages on the website to searchable databases. The original pages were becoming unwieldy, and contained a great deal of unformatted data. We also took the opportunity to digitise the Strays Card Index which had been in existence for the life of the Society, but which had fallen out of use. The results can be found on the new Strays page, which allows you to search Census Strays, and Other Strays, which include, for example, marriages in mainland parishes, deaths abroad, etc, for Island born people. We would welcome any comments, additions or corrections to the Strays pages, and these can be sent to the Strays Coordinator, Hazel Pullen (Click for email address)
[21st August 2010]
REGISTRATION SERVICE MOVE TO NEWPORT CONTINUES
Isle of Wight Council PR 1921 13/08/2010 [For Immediate Release]
Plans are progressing to move the functions of the Isle of Wight Registration Service to Newport.
The switch from Northwood House in Cowes to the existing council building in Seaclose will mean the service will be able to extend its opening hours as well as operate from a more central location.
The last day the service will operate from Northwood House will be Wednesday 29 September. There will be no service - other than for emergencies - on Thursday 30 September and the service will open as normal from Seaclose on Friday 1 October and this will then be the only Register Office on the Island.
As part of the changes the council has been creating an appropriate storage facility for the archived registers previously held at Northwood House.
Because this storage facility is not at Seaclose where the registrars will be based, it will no longer be possible to call and collect copies of certificates while you wait. The service will however deal with such requests within the statutory five working day maximum, and will endeavour to turn around requests that are genuine emergencies in a much shorter timescale. Customers are advised therefore to contact the service well in advance to order copy certificates for births, marriages, deaths or civil partnerships registered on the Island.
Ordering of copy certificates can be done either via the online forms facility on www.iwight.com, directly over the phone, or by applying in writing to the Superintendent Registrar along with the correct fee. The Isle of Wight Family History Society website (www.isle-of-wight-fhs.co.uk) also provides an invaluable resource for researching and ordering copy certificates.
In all other respects it will be business as usual from the new Seaclose location although the new offices will be open between the extended hours of 0830 and 1700. At Northwood House the hours are currently 0900 - 16pm with no appointments routinely offered during lunch hour.
The council is also progressing its plans for a small wedding room at Seaclose as well as a larger room option for couples to use at weekends. It is also seeking to licence two rooms at Ventnor Botanic Garden to give couples further venues to choose from aside from nearly 25 commercial venues on the Island. It is anticipated that the ceremony rooms will have the necessary licences before the use of Northwood House ceases on September 30.
Chris Mathews, Isle of Wight Council head of democratic services, said: "The move is progressing well and we hope that Islanders will benefit from the new centralised location for the service and also from the extended opening hours.
"If anyone has any questions about the new service then please see our website or phone us on the new number 01983 823233."
Simon Butler, Media Officer
Tel: 01983 823546
Fax: 01983 823109
Email : email@example.com
[14th August 2010]
|Australian BMD records go online
Ancestry have added indexes to a large number of Australian Birth, Marriage and Death entries. With a subscription or pay-as-you-go, it is now possible to search these undexes for details of any of your emigrant ancestors. See http://www.ancestry.co.uk/ or http://www.ancestry.com/ for details
[8th August 2010]
|"Wootton Bridge Historical" gets a revamp
The Wootton Bridge Historical website has been revamped and now has a new website address. A section on the Isle of Wight Rifles has also beed added with many photographs from the collection of Graham Morris. See Wootton Bridge Historical for more details.
[8th August 2010]
|IW Record Office Indexes go online
The Isle of Wight County Record Office have placed online indexes ot a number of their record collections. Among the index databases available include a list of apprenticeship indentures in Newport between 1689 - 1835 and a Cowes registry of shipping between 1786 - 1930. See IW Record Office Indexes for more details.
[20th June 2010]
|A warning about disposing of old Journals
If for any reason, you feel you have to dispose of your old Journals, then please remove and shred the pages which give details of members' addresses and interests. We have had reports that addresses of members of other Family History Societies have been targeted by mailing companies.
All the Committee roles have now been agreed following a meeting on 24th May with those elected to the Committee. Jon Matthews takes on the Chairman's role; full details of other appointments can be found on the Committee page.
[25th May 2010]
|Isle of Wight to Dunkirk website
Michael Wills of Salisbury has been researching the role of Isle of Wight merchant vessels and their crews in the Dunkirk Evacuation of 1940 (the 70th anniversary is this year). His website http://www.iowtodunkirk.com/ gives more details. He would be pleased to hear from anyone who has information or stories to tell about the men involved. In addition, at a short ceremony at 1400 on 29th May 2010, at Carisbrooke cemetery, a new memorial to one of the ships' crews was blessed by Archdeacon Baston. The memorial, is, as far as I can ascertain, the first on the Island to have a website address on it. Mr Wills can be contacted through his website.
[17th May 2010]
At the AGM on 8th May 2010, it was officially announced that Janet Griffin, our Chairman, was standing down from the Committee. With 25 years service in a variety of roles, founder member Janet now feels it is time to take a less demanding role. She will continue to be present at the Resource Centre on Saturday mornings. An appreciation of Janet's contributions to the Society by Janet Few, our President, can be found in the May 2010 Journal.
Also standing down are Val Luter as Secretary, and Pat Phillips, who was Programme Secretary for a short while this year. Angela McMurtry will continue as the current Programme Secretary but will relinquish the Journal Editor role. Thanks to all for their contributions.
New members of the Committee include Lesley Abraham (who was the Journal Editor some years ago). Committee roles will be re-confirmed at the next Committee meeting.
[9th May 2010]
BMD Certificates - Price rise
Please note that the price of certificates ordered from the General Register Office will go up on the 6 April 2010. Full details can be found at the Identity & Passport Service website.The cost of the standard service rises from GBP7.00 to GBP9.25 and the reference checking service will be withdrawn. Readers are reminded that private BMD certificate ordering services may charge considerably more than this, and the official GRO service online can be found at http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/.
The price rise will also apply to Certified copies of certificates obtained from Local Registrars.
[15th March 2010]
BMD Indexes - Deaths now indexed to 2007
The BMD Indexes have been updated such that the Death Indexes now extend to 2007. Work has also commenced on adding the full names (not just first name and initial) of the bride and groom from the Marriage Indexes. So far, the entries from 1837 - 1850 have been completed. Thanks again to all the volunteers, (especially Jon Matthews), who have made this possible, and to Dina Broughton as coordinator.
[9th March 2010]
Church Burial Indexes - Updates to Sandown Christ Church
The Church Burial Indexes are being updated with additional information relating to Sandown Christ Church burials. We hope to have pre-1901 entries in the database soon, and extra information derived from the monumental inscriptions is being added to the post-1900 entries. Thanks to Tina Lambert for transcribing the MIs. She is continuing with the entries for Brading St Mary's Church.
[9th March 2010]
|National Diary Repository
Do you have old family diaries but don't want to see them destroyed or go to landfill? An initiative to rescue them has been launched by one of the Island organisers, Frederick Fisher, of Prospect Road, Shanklin, and the IW Record Office. For further details : see IW County Press article
[3rd March 2010]
Di Harding Award - 2009 Winners
The Winners of the Di Harding Award for 2009 have been announced and details can be found on the Di Harding Award page.
[15th January 2010]
Members who have died in 2009
We are very saddened to learn of the deaths, in 2009, of the following members:
0446 Mr John Allen Latchmoor House, Latchmoor Cross, Thorverton, Exeter, Devon EX5 5LZ; (his widow Betty is continuing their membership)
2501 Mrs Jane Cotton Kendal House, Marvel Lane, Blackwater, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 3DS; (her widower William is taking over her membership)
1761 Mr Victor Ford 57 Grove Road, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1JD
1335 Mrs Joan Gammage 42 Rothschild Close, Woolston, Southampton, Hampshire SO19 9TE
0314 Mrs Anne McKechnie 5 Magdalen Bridge Court, Magdalen Street, Exeter, Devon EX2 4HS; (her widower Michael is taking over her membership)
1369 Mrs Brenda Morgan 9 St George's Drive, Ferndown, Dorset BH22 9EF
0946 Mr David Noise 11 Standfield, Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire WD5 0BB
The Committee extend their condolences to the loved ones and friends left behind.
[10th January 2010]
BMD Indexes - Deaths now indexed to 2006
The BMD Indexes have been updated such that the Death Indexes now extend to 2006. The Birth and Marriage Indexes remain up to 2002 as it was considered that the Death information would be of more interest to family historians. Thanks again to all the volunteers who have made this possible, and to Dina Broughton as coordinator.
[30th December 2009]
Wootton Bridge Historical website
The website has now been revamped with many photographs and articles on Wootton life in the past. For more details see Isle of Wight websites or go directly to the Wootton Bridge Historical website.
[9th December 2009]
Society e-mail addresses
Church Burials Index
As at 8 July 2009 : Known problems :
Changes to Committee
ATTRILL One Name Study
Policy with respect to the Data Protection Act 1998 (United Kingdom)
Mr Roy Middlebrook 1936 - 2009
Mrs Di Harding
IOW FHS gains award for its website
Articles on the web
The Isle of Wight Family History Society on Facebook
New Postal address for the Federation of Family History Societies
BMD Index updates
EXTENDED ACCESS TO GRO INDEXES
You will see from Dina's message below that I have now taken over the
day to day maintenance of the website. I'd like to thank Dina and her husband
David for the tremendous achievements they have made in getting the website
up and running. I hadn't realised they had been doing it for so long.
I trust that Dina and David will continue to enjoy their retirement for many years to come.
Dina will continue to make corrections to the BMD Index for the time being, while Jon
Matthews will maintain the membership details. I don't expect to make any
dramatic changes to the site but I will be ensuring that it presents a consistent
and relevant "shop window" for the Society. I'd be happy to consider any suggestions
you might have on improving the website - please contact me by e-mail using the address
you can find from this link : -
It is now ten years since, with expert help of my husband, I
designed and set up the Isle of Wight Family History Society
website. The website has grown considerably since those days and
I have very much enjoyed being its Webmaster. However the
time has now come for me to resign from this position and to pass it
over to someone who is younger than I am. We are fortunate in
being able to recruit the services of Geoff Allan to take over
the position. Geoff has been a member of the Society for many
years and has a very sound background knowledge of the Island and
of family history. His special interest is of the War Memorials
on the Island. He has a website on which he has information
and pictures of all the memorials on the Island. Geoff will be
taking over as Webmaster on Monday 21st April 2008. I am sure
that he will do an excellent job of running the Society's website
and I look forward to watching its progress.
John Mitchel HALL - a request for help from Australia
Bembridge photographs for sale
New Wootton book
Born to be a Farmer
The Price is £9.95 and post and packing £1.55. It will also be available at IWFHS meetings or by phoning Christine on 01983 840665 evenings or answerphone.