27 Sep 2020
WW I Centenary : War related deaths : 1 Island person died on this day in 1920
Click this link WW I deaths on this day for details
WW II 75th Anniversary : War related deaths : No Island people died on this day in 1945

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.
Whether you are an experienced researcher or just browsing this site, we hope that you will find something to interest you - the 'Family Name' search below will show those records we hold on this site, some accessible without membership.

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* Database Quick Search gives an at a glance view of the number of records we hold for a particular surname, and then links to a list of those records.

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This search facility will return entries on the static pages of the website. Entries in the searchable databases will not be searched. A search results screen will then be displayed in a new tab or window with links to the web pages meeting the search criteria.

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The IWFHS Facebook Group is open to all and members of the group freely exchange their knowledge and try to help one another.


Covid-19 / Coronavirus situation

9 Sep 2020

We are now able to lift some of the restrictions on opening the Heritage Resource Centre, while following Government guidelines.
We cannot hold any meetings where there are more than 6 people after 16 Sept, so all Riverside meetings are cancelled or postponed until further notice.
Please see the information on the linked web pages :


Heritage Resource Centre

The Good News: our website is still here for you to explore, and our Facebook Group is a fantastic platform to get in touch with other like minded family historians. Please do make use of these two resources.

If anyone has any further questions or concerns, please contact the Chairman by e-mail.

27 Sep 2020 : the current (No 138, Aug 2020) Journal is now available to members as a PDF from the website, and printed copies are being despatched.
Members can download Journals as a PDF from the link on the Journal Archive page :-

Journal Archive

Next Meeting(s)

5 Oct 2020
7 pm for 7.30 pm
Hunnyhill Room, Riverside Centre, Newport, PO30 2QR
The ARP organisation in World War II

Speaker : Barry Reed
2 Nov 2020
7 pm for 7.30 pm
Hunnyhill Room, Riverside Centre, Newport, PO30 2QR
The fortification of Culver Down

Speaker : Tim Wander

More news : 20 May 2020
During this period of lockdown, we have opened up access to the public, to the Burial Card Index entries which are held by the County Record Office. We do not hold the Baptism and Marriage entries as these can be found on FamilySearch
IWRO Burial Index Card Search
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