3rd November 2020 : LEGACY Home page

This is a replica of the old website home page to enable users to continue to use the functionality of the 'Family Name Search' feature, which operates on the legacy databases we hold.

The menu options above will take you to the new website (if marked (^), or return to this replica page if you desire.

As we port existing databases and functionality to the new website, then the range of functions available on the legacy website will diminish, and we cannot guarantee that the databases will be synchronised.

Please contact the Chairman by e-mail, if you have any comments or concerns.

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.

Family Name Search *
Enter Surname  
* 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.

Search this site

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.

site search by freefind advanced

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


Please see the information on the linked web pages (links to the new website) :


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.