Isle of Wight Websites

The following Links to Websites have been sent to the Society for inclusion on this page. They are produced by a variety of organizations on the Island, both commercial and private and have valuable information about the Isle of Wight. The information on any of these sites cannot be guaranteed by the Society and anyone using them is urged to use them as a guide to research only. If you know of any other sites that would be useful for Isle of Wight research please feel free to send them to the Webmaster - Click for email address

Isle of Wight Record Office - Isle of Wight Council Heritage Services
Click to email the IW Record Office

Isle of Wight Registration Services - Isle of Wight Council
For details of registration of Births, Marriages, Deaths, and Civil partnerships.

Click to email the Registration Services staff

Isle of Wight Council Bereavement Services
For information on Burials and Cremations in Council managed Cemeteries and the Crematorium.

Isle of Wight Council Bereavement Services
Searchable database of Burials and Cremations in Council managed Cemeteries and the Crematorium.

Other sites of interest - in alphabetical order by subject

Brading Community Archive Group
Brading Community Archive Group have been sucessful in applying for a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant for the Unlocking Our Vaults project. Through the generosity of National Lottery players, we will be training volunteers to unlock our community's heritage of documents and photographs held by our Project Partners Brading Town Trust and Brading Town Council, as well as your own family's history and making them available on our new Brading Community Archive website.

East Cowes Heritage Centre
  East Cowes Heritage was formed in 1992 by members of the East Cowes Group of the Isle of Wight Society. With help from the Rural Development Commission, the present centre was opened in 1996.

East Cowes Cemetery (Kingston)
Friends of East Cowes Cemetery

This website contains details of many of the burials which have been transcribed from the registers held by Bereavement Services at the IW Crematorium. A start has also been made on researching the lives of those who are buried in the Cemetery. The research and surveys etc will eventually be deposited at the East Cowes Heritage Centre.
If anyone has information or photos of those buried at Kingston Cemetery we would be pleased to include them on the website and at the Heritage Centre.

Janet Griffin : Click for email address

Freshwater and Totland Archive Group

Archives and historical information about Freshwater and Totland

Google Books

Many of you will know of Google's massive digitisation project for out of print and rare books. A number of Island books have been digitised and can be downloaded for free. These include :
Vectis Scenery in the Isle of Wight (Brannon, 1831)
A topographical and historical guide to the Isle of Wight (Sheridan, 1833

An earlier entrant in this field was the Gutenberg Project (see below), which also has several Isle of Wight books available

Google Books

The Gutenberg Project
The Gutenberg Project started to transcribe classic books many years ago, making them available freely to download as text. They have now started to make images available too; see for example:

Pictures in Colour of the Isle of Wight (Jarrold & Sons (eds.) (ca 1900) Project Gutenberg

Hampshire Family History (including the Isle of Wight)
Alan McGowan

A very useful, easy to navigate and informative site for finding information and pictures as well as the sources of information on the parishes, churches, parish registers, manorial records, maps and much, much more on the Isle of Wight. There is also a section on Garrison Churches and a guide to TNA holdings (class WO156) of registers of births, marriages and deaths from the Garrison Churches

The link takes you to the Internet Archive copy of the website as the original is no longer maintained.

Knight Roots
Linda and Tony Knight

Their family history website has much relating to Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
Click to contact

Historic Postcards - Isle of Wight
This site contain a great deal of information and pictures of the Island's past and access to other interesting IOW sites.
Click to contact

Historic Ryde Society
The Historic Ryde Society was formed in October 2009 to raise funds towards a permanent visitor centre for the town. The site gives a great deal of information on the Georgian and Victorian aspects of Ryde.

See website for contact form

House of Industry burials 1774 - 1930
Many individuals who died at the House of Industry were buried in their own burial ground, but no trace of this area remians, other than a memorial plaque. Lists of those were were buried can be found using this link

House of Industry Burials

Industrial Archaeology Society - Isle of Wight

This web site has very interesting information about a large variety of Isle of Wight subjects including the archaeological work that has been carried out on the Island. There is also a historical "Time line" of Island history.
Click to contact

Island Eye
"Discover the beauty, history and serenity of the Isle of Wight "

This site combines three types of information: Island History, Tourism and Events for the entire Island and surrounding waters.
See Contact Us on the website

Isle of Wight Fire Brigades Federation
Damon Corr

An extensive history of the Fire Brigades on the Island, with many biographies of the men and women who served, including in auxiliary roles.

Isle of Wight History Centre
Roger Hewitt

The Isle of Wight History Centre is a comprehensive resource for news and links to the Island's past, from prehistory to recent times, including new discoveries and established work

Isle of Wight to Dunkirk

The story of the Dunkirk Evacuation and the part played in it by Isle of Wight men
See Contact Us on the website

Isle of Wight Photographers 1840-1940
Gordon Childs

A growing database of photographers offering services on the Isle of Wight c1840 - c1940.

The link takes you to the Internet Archive Wayback site as the original TalkTalk service has now been suspended.
See website for contact e-mail address

Local History - Isle of Wight
Ann Barrett

Ann Barrett has put together a very useful website in which she offers information from the considerable amount of research that she has done at the IW Record Office on many topics concerned with IW local history including Schools and Education, Parkhurst Prison personnel, Coastguards and IW Railway personnel. She has also done extensive research into several Island names.
Click for email address

Monuments and Memorials on the Isle of Wight
Geoff Allan

The website lists all the known War Memorials, and gives details of the names inscribed, together with links to other information including the Commonwealth War Graves records. Also included are details of the monumental inscriptions from CWGC headstones for those men and women who are buried on the Island. The website is illustrated with photographs of most of the memorials. In addition, there are also details of public monuments on the Island.
The website can be searched by any keyword, e.g. place, name or regiment.

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Newport and Carisbrooke municipal cemeteries
Friends of Newport and Carisbrooke Cemeteries

This website has been set up to represent the work of the Friends of Newport and Carisbrooke Cemeteries.
If anyone has information or photos of those buried at Carisbroke (Mount Joy) Cemetery, Newport Borough Cemetery (Fairlee Road) or St Paul's Cemetery, Barton, we would be pleased to include them at some stage on the website. Burial Records can be searched.

Northwood Cemetery (Cowes)
Friends of Northwood Cemetery

This website has been set up to represent the work of the Friends of Northwood Cemetery.
If anyone has information or photos of those buried at Northwood Cemetery we would be pleased to include them at some stage on the website. Burial Records from 1856 can be searched.

Northwood Village and Churchyard
Northwood Village community

This site has been created for Northwood Village but can be of value to people searching for knowledge of the village and for the graves of ancestors who were buried in the churchyard. The work is still in progress. There is a link to the Burials data for St John's Church at Northwood.
Click to contact

Pictures and Old Postcards - Isle of Wight
Antony Barton

This is a site full of pictures around the Island on postcards which has been designed by Antony Barton, a member of the IWFHS. He would like more contributions to the collection.
Click to contact

Ryde Social Heritage Group

Originally created to research burials in Ryde Cemetery, the Ryde Social Heritage Group, thanks to an LHI grant, has set up this site with all kinds of information about the social history of Ryde. It is a work in progress and will be updated on a regular basis. The burials data can be searched, and there are detailed cemetery plans to help locate a grave.
A valuable site for family historians with ancestors in the Ryde area.
The cemeteries at Binstead at Ashey, and St Thomas's Churchyard in Ryde are now also being surveyed.
See Contact page on website

Shalfleet - Census details
Steve Holden

Census details from the Census 1841 - 1901, Parish records and other local information, compiled by Steve Holden.
Click for email address

UK Postcards
John Elsbury

John Elsbury from Auckland in New Zealand has published his collection of UK postcards from the beginning of the 20th century, and this website contains many examples of Isle of Wight scenes.

Ventnor & District Local History Society

Ventnor & District Local History Society have their own premises at 11 Spring Hill in Ventnor, which is well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Victoria County History - Hampshire & The Isle of Wight
An index to place names in the titles of topographical articles in the published volumes of the Victoria County History.
The site in general attempts to provide some useful resources for those researching medieval English ancestry, including a guide to sources, classified lists of links to online source material and medieval family histories, a hyperlinked medieval calendar and other reference material, including a collection of corrections and additions to the Complete Peerage, in progress.

Wootton Bridge Historical
R Murphy and R Richardson

This community web site has been created to ensure the historical information about our village is preserved before those who can remember, are no longer around. In 2004 two local residents, namely Roy Murphy and Roy Richardson, decided there was a need for a permanent record of village history and agreed to investigate the possibility of creating a historical web site, and this site is the revamped version of their efforts. The site has now moved to a new location, and more information, including a galley of some 70 Isle of Wight Riflemen has been added.

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Latest entry : June 2019

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