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 Dec 2021

Library Catalogue

We have now added our Library Catalogue as a searchable database. The catalogue is a work in progress - please check with our Librarian, Hazel...


13 Dec 2021

Military Tribunals

We have now added the start of our indexing of Military Tribunals held on the Island during WW I. This is very much a work...


13 Dec 2021

School Logs

We have now added an index to names listed in the School Logs of Chillerton and Parkhurst / Hunnyhill. The entries are subject to 100...


Next Meetings

7 Feb 2022

17th Century Herbalists

17th Century Herbalists Maddy Dobson image with acknowledgments from please let us know if you intend coming to any of the meetings at Arreton...

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9 Feb 2022

Institutions and Welfare in the 18th and 19th Centuries

Members' Zoom Chat Session: An overview of the various institutions and welfare options available to our ancestors on the island. We shall also be dipping...

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7 Mar 2022

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

Queen Victoria - with some observations on the life of the Prince Consort, Albert. Mark Earp please let us know if you intend coming to...

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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)