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18th February 2021

We have been working hard to answer your questions regarding our new site and managing your memberships online. Click here to download and view our...


13th February 2021

We have now been able to make available some of the presentations we have had, including the recent Society Zoom session on 1 February. For...

Exchanged Journals From Other Societies

10th February 2021

For a number of years we have exchanged our published journals with a selection of other Family History Societies. Some of those societies issue electronic...

Journal No 140 now available

30th January 2021

The current (No 140, Feb 2021) Journal is now available to members as a PDF from the website, and printed copies are being despatched.Members can...

IW Electoral Rolls

13th January 2021

A collection of images of IW Electoral Rolls from 1920-1947 is now available for members to look at. These pdf documents were indexed by Dave...

Covid-19 / Coronavirus situation

12th January 2021

Unfortunately we have to re-impose the restrictions on opening the Heritage Resource Centre, following Government guidelines. We cannot re-open until the restrictions are relaxed. In...

Old Isle of Wight Books and Guides

11th January 2021

We have had, for some time, copies of of a number of publications in PDF format of old books and guides, sourced from various libraries...

Calbourne Nominal Rolls, 1803 and 1811

26th December 2020

The Isle of Wight County Record Office hold 2 documents which list the inhabitants of the Parish of Calbourne, in 1803, and 1811. The 1803...

Royal Naval Personnel Volunteer Project

23rd December 2020

Our ambitious project to conduct basic research on over 5,000 Royal Navy personnel who were born here, on the Isle of Wight, is progressing nicely. ...


Di Harding Award 2020

13th November 2020

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Di Harding Award for 2020. Details can be found on the Award page. Congratulations to all...

Help Wanted review

12th November 2020

We are examining how best we can continue to display "Help Wanted" messages on the new website. I have sent messages to all the current...

Dore Family Photographs

11th November 2020

Simon Dore has kindly allowed us to use over 40 photos related to his DORE and ORCHARD family. They can be viewed on our Google...

Journal No 139 now available

30th October 2020

The current (No 139, Nov 2020) Journal is now available to members as a PDF from the website, and printed copies are being despatched.Members can...

Welcome to our new website !

29th October 2020

The Isle of Wight Family History Society have upgraded the website with a fresh modern look with the help of Island web design studio, Brightbulb...

IWFHS Resource Centre new publications

27th October 2020

Recently we have received the following books : Oct 2020 An Illustrated Family and Social History of the Isle of Wight Proutens (Tony Miles-Prouten)