This is the Legacy version of our Journals Index and Archive. To see the version on our New web site, follow this link :

The Journal is published quarterly and issued to all paid up Members in February, May, August and November each year. New Members joining later in the calendar year will receive back issues for the year of joining.

The Journal Editor, Peter Spencer, is always happy to consider articles by Members for publication, although the Editor reserves the right not to publish, and will advise the Submitter if this is the case and the reason for non-publication.

To assist the Editor in this, the following Submission Guidelines should be noted :

  • Deadline dates for submission of articles are as follows; allowance will be made for those members who live in areas with time zones behind the UK.
    • For the February Journal it is 10th January
    • For the May Journal it is 10th April
    • For the August Journal it is 10th July
    • For the November Journal it is 10th October
  • Typed, word-processed or handwritten articles will be considered. The preference is for word-processed documents sent as email attachments. If using Microsoft Word save in .doc or .docx format, .odt format if using Open Office, or RTF (Revisable Text Format) or PDF (Portable Document Format) if using other software (check with the Editor if you are uncertain). Documents can be sent in any font or size as this can be easily changed by the Editor to the font and size used in the Journal.
  • Do not send text as image files as these cannot be edited. Scans of newspaper articles will be considered (please include the source and date of publication) provided that they will be readable in an A5 document which is the size used in the Journal.
  • As a rough guide 2,500 words will take up 6 pages of the Journal (if images are included the word count will be less) but may need to be serialised depending on available space. Longer articles will be considered but may need to be serialised. The Editor will advise you if he considers that an article needs to be serialised and suggest suitable breaks in the text.
  • Images can be embedded in your document. If the size of your file exceeds that permitted by your email program you will have to send images as attachments to a separate email. You may have to send images in batches. Please indicate in the email with your text document that you are sending the images separately. Images should preferably be in JPG format, of 300 dpi resolution. Please indicate in the text if there is a specific place where you would like a particular image inserted. Please note that it might not be possible to include all of your images.
  • As the Journal is printed in black and white, please ensure that any graphics are of good quality so that they can be reproduced well.
  • For typescript or manuscript please ensure that your article is legible. As this sort of submission needs to be retyped or scanned, then there is no guarantee that they will appear in the next issue of the Journal. Any graphics or illustrations should be placed on separate sheets of paper with an indication as to where they should appear in the article
  • For material to be returned, please ensure that you include a stamped self-addressed envelope or International Reply Coupons. Copyright in the text remains with the authors, but please ensure that you acknowledge copyright in other material, e.g. scans of Census returns are copyright The National Archives.

The Isle of Wight Family History Society takes no responsibility for articles submitted to the Journal, nor does it necessarily agree with opinions expressed. Authors are expected to have checked for factual accuracy and to have obtained the necessary permissions for lengthy quotations and the use of illustrations.

The Di Harding Awards

At the Annual General Meeting in May 2009 it was agreed that, in order to perpetuate Di's name, an award would be given annually to the authors of the three best articles submitted by members and published in this journal. For more details see Di Harding Awards

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Back Issues of the Journal

Journal Archive Online is available to members.

We have prepared a complete set of our Journals 1 - 100 as searchable PDF files. The Archive is available online to Members only.4
You will need to enter the user name (iowfhs) and the current password, in order to search these indexes. The password is changed in February each year and is given in the current Journal sent to paid up Members with full membership, or available as an eJournal on this website.
The Journals are also available to buy on CD-ROM - see Books, CDs etc

Please do NOT send any enquiries about back issues to the Journal Editor; The Bookstall Manager is Hazel Pullen (E-mail contact Click for email address) and she will be able to assist with enquiries.

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Contents of the Journals

Use CTRL+F in your browser to search the Contents lists

Nos 1 - 3 : 1985 - 86 Journals Nos 4 - 7 : 1987 Journals Nos 8 - 11 : 1988 Journals
Nos 12 - 15 : 1989 Journals Nos 16 - 19 : 1990 Journals Nos 20 - 23 : 1991 Journals
Nos 24 - 27 : 1992 Journals Nos 28 - 31 : 1993 Journals Nos 32 - 35 : 1994 Journals
Nos 36 - 39 : 1995 Journals Nos 40 - 43 : 1996 Journals Nos 44 - 47 : 1997 Journals
Nos 48 - 51 : 1998 Journals Nos 52 - 55 : 1999 Journals Nos 56 - 59 : 2000 Journals
Nos 60 - 63 : 2001 Journals Nos 64 - 67 : 2002 Journals Nos 68 - 71 : 2003 Journals
Nos 72 - 75 : 2004 Journals Nos 76 - 79 : 2005 Journals Nos 80 - 83 : 2006 Journals
Nos 84 - 87 : 2007 Journals Nos 88 - 91 : 2008 Journals Nos 92 - 95 : 2009 Journals
Nos 96 - 99 : 2010 Journals Nos 100 - 103 : 2011 Journals Nos 104 - 107 : 2012 Journals
Nos 108 - 111 : 2013 Journals Nos 112 - 115 : 2014 Journals Nos 116 - 119 : 2015 Journals
Nos 120 - 123 : 2016 Journals Nos 124 - 127 : 2017 Journals Nos 128 - 131 : 2018 Journals
Nos 132 - 135 : 2019 Journals Nos 136 - 139 : 2020 Journals  

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Indexes to the Journal

(the members' password is required to view the Journals)
Click here to go to the Journal Indexes Search screen

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The current (No 139, Nov 2020) Journal is now available to Members to download as a PDF file.