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, then there are a number of sources for beginners. Many of these are subscription sites which offer free short term subscriptions before you commit. We do not have any commercial relationships with these organisations.


FindmyPast Getting started

Ancestry Getting started

FamilySearch Getting started

The National Archives Research Guides





29 Nov 2023

Attrill family information

We have recreated some of the ATTRILL family information compiled by the late Robin LEWIN and retrieved from the Internet Wayback machine snapshots. This is...


1 Nov 2023

Journal No 151 now available

The current (No 151, November 2023) Journal is now available to members as a PDF from the website, and printed copies are being despatched.Members can...


16 Aug 2023

Victorian Marriage Indexes added

We have created this index from the finding aids to marriage registers held by the Isle of Wight County Record Office. These indexes cover the...


Next Meetings

4 Dec 2023

I remember ...

A presentation by Geoff Allan based on the Memoir written by Jack Porter of Sandown two years before he died in 1981. The Memoir covers...

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8 Jan 2024

The history of the "Mary Rose" and its sinking

An account of the history of Henry VIII's warship the "Mary Rose" and the circumstances of its sinking. Note the date for this - the...

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5 Feb 2024

A talk by Dr Kevin Towner - Niton to Niton Street, John Humber and his extended family.

Kevin Towner will be presenting a talk entitled "Niton to Niton Street, John Humber and his extended family"

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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)