Isle of Wight Family History Society

Isle of Wight Family History Society was formed to help people wishing to research their ancestors.

People who live on the island are also welcome as members.

Contact Information


Mrs D J Hayter
1 Winchester Close
Isle of Wight
PO30 1DR


Society Databases

Numerous databases are accessible, which incorporate:

  • Births, Marriages and Deaths 1837-2010
  • Census Strays and Other Strays Indexes
  • IWFHS Churches, Chapels and Cemeteries
  • IWRO Burial Cards (Password required)
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Newspaper Report Transcripts: Birth, Marriage and Death Announcements from the Isle of Wight Observer 1852-1900 (You are required to be a member to access this content)
  • Newspaper Reports: Funerals, Inquests, Trials, Marriages etc (You are required to be a member to access this content)
  • Pedigree Index
  • Public Newspaper Reports
  • War Memorials Index

Some Indexes and other items are also accessible, which incorporate:

  • IWFHS Churches, Chapels and Cemeteries Index
  • Maps
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Memorial Inscriptions Index Coverage
  • Photographs

Society Heritage Resource Centre

Many archives are accessible in their Heritage Resource Centre, West Chapel, Northwood Cemetery, 196-198 Newport Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7ER, which include:

  • Census Indexes
  • Criminal Register Index
  • Griffith's Valuation of Ireland 1848 -1864
  • Irish Wills 1484-1858
  • Kelly's Directory Isle of Wight 1915
  • Marriage Indexes
  • National Burials Index
  • North & East Riding of Yorkshire Trade Directory 1872
  • Vicar General Marriage License's 1694 -1850
  • Trade Directories

As Northwood Cemetery is a working Cemetery, please be mindful that funeral services will be held, and that these will be given priority.  


Limited parking is available at the Cemetery, and visitors are asked not to use the car park at the Medical Centre, so you are recommended to use the Park and Ride Service at Somerton, one bus stop from the Centre.  Bus Service (Route 1) from Cowes Red Funnel Terminal or Newport Bus Station also serve the Centre.  


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