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.

Get Started



13 Jan 2021

IW Electoral Rolls

A collection of images of IW Electoral Rolls from 1920-1947 is now available for members to look at. These pdf documents were indexed by Dave...


12 Jan 2021

Covid-19 / Coronavirus situation

Unfortunately we have to re-impose the restrictions on opening the Heritage Resource Centre, following Government guidelines. We cannot re-open until the restrictions are relaxed. In...


11 Jan 2021

Old Isle of Wight Books and Guides

We have had, for some time, copies of of a number of publications in PDF format of old books and guides, sourced from various libraries...


Next Meetings

1 Jan 2021 to 31 Dec 2021

FHF 1939 Register Podcast

The Family History Federation are starting to produce podcasts which are available to hear on their website - see the 'Ask the Federation' pages. September...

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1 Feb 2021

Society Monthly Zoom Meeting - Questions and Answers

Society News and Question and Answer session This, the first of our monthly meetings using Zoom, will be a Question and Answer session combined with...

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10 Apr 2021

FHF Really Useful Family History Show

The Family History Federation are running a virtual Family History Show on Saturday 10th April 2021. We plan to take part in this as an...

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Become a Member
for just
£6 per year

More details can be be found on our
'About the Society' web page.

The Society was formed in 1985 and offers members:

  • 4x 64 page information packed journals per year (either printed or an eJournal, depending on type of membership)
  • Monthly meetings with guest speakers (except May, June and August)
  • A One Day Conference with guest speakers (in May)
  • An organised visit to an Island place of historical interest (in June)
  • A Members Area on the website which includes a number of databases and a Journal archive
  • A way to connect with other family historians and those of your family name worldwide
  • A Facebook group (which is also open to non-members)