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



1 Aug 2022

Journal No 146 now available

The current (No 146, August 2022) Journal is now available to members as a PDF from the website, and printed copies are being despatched.Members can...


14 Jun 2022

Guardians of the Poor Minute Book transcriptions are now available to Members

Guardians of the Poor Minute Book transcriptions are now available to Members. We have had a number of volunteers labouring over the Minute Books of...


30 May 2022

Inquest Reports now deployed

Reports into deaths on the Isle of Wight which required Coroners' Inquests to be held. We have now made this public, with thanks to Tony...


Next Meetings

5 Sep 2022

Commonwealth War graves on the Island

Gary Newman is a volunteer for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. please let us know if you intend coming to any of the meetings at...

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19 Sep 2022

Visit to St Mildred's Church, Whippingham

The Royal Church of St Mildred's at Whippingham is a fascinating place to visit. A guided tour will highlight its history and the many people,...

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3 Oct 2022

Havenstreet Memories

Havenstreet Memories - growing up in the village. A talk by some Havenstreet villagers describing life in Havenstreet in their childhood. Until further notice, face...

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Become a Member
for just
£8 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)