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



10 May 2022

War Service Reports database now deployed

The War Service Reports database (including the VAD profiles) is now available on this website. It is also included in the "All Databases" searches. We...


1 May 2022

Journal No 145 now available

The current (No 145, May 2022) Journal is now available to members as a PDF from the website, and printed copies are being despatched.Members can...


29 Apr 2022

AGM Voting procedure

For Subscribing Members only. Elections for the President, Officers and Committee Members, and to approve the AGM minutes (held virtually) and Annual reports of 2021 ...


Next Meetings

6 Jun 2022

The Voluntary Aid Detachment and Island VAD Hospitals

Many hundreds of women (and men) served with the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) in WW I at the eight hositals established on the Island. These...

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4 Jul 2022

To have and to hold - wedding traditions

To have and to hold - wedding traditions Speaker: Sarah Lang. Sarah will describe many of the traditions maintained by bridal parties over the centuries....

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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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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)