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



22 Nov 2021

Heritage Resource Centre Christmas Closing

We shall be on holiday over the Christmas and New Year period, so the Heritage Resource Centre will be closed from 21st December. We shall...


19 Nov 2021

Wills and Probate Indexes added to the website

We have now converted the Indexes to Wills and Probate for Isle of Wight men and women, from our legacy website. See the Wills Index...


1 Nov 2021

Journal No 143 now available

The current (No 143, November 2021) Journal is now available to members as a PDF from the website, and printed copies are being despatched.Members can...


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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8 Dec 2021

Members' Chat Session

Fishermen and Farmers (and all things in between) A look at our ancestor's occupations: come along and share what you know about your ancestors A...

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10 Jan 2022

Cowes Heritage and Community Group

Cowes Heritage and Community Group - an update by Jon Matthews Jon will bring us up to date on the progress made at the Beckford...

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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)