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Isle of Wight, an island and unitary authority, part of the historic county of Hampshire, lying off the south coast of England, in the English Channel. The island is separated from the mainland by a deep strait known as the Solent. The Isle of Wight is a diamond-shaped island extending 22.5 miles (36 km) from east to west and 13.5 miles (22 km) from north to south. Administratively, the Isle of Wight comprises a unitary authority, with its administrative centre at Newport.

(Source:  Britannica.Com - click for entire article)

See also, Hampshire EnglandGenWeb Project

Genealogy Resources

County Record Office

Isle of Wight Record Office
26 Hillside
PO30 2EB

Tel: 01983 823820 or 01983 823821 Fax 01983 823820

Please visit the Isle of Wight Record Office Website for opening times, services, etc.

Isle of Wight Family History Society and their searchable Births, Marriages and Deaths index.

Southern Life's The Villages and Towns of the Isle of Wight

Ryde Cemetery Website

Ann Barrett's Page

The workhouse in the Isle of Wight, the House of Industry

Shalfleet Local and Family History Sources

Isle of Wight Record Office also have a couple of searchable databases of Paupers and Alehouse Licences.

Hampshire Genealogical Society

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites section for England - Hampshire

IGI Family Search Website

British Censuses from



E-mail Mailing Lists

To subscribe to the Isle of Wight mailing list, send a new email to one of the list addresses below.  Include the word "SUBSCRIBE" (without the quotes) as the only text in the body of a message.  Once you receive the welcome message, then send your query to (You must be a subscriber to post to this list).  It is FREE!

To see if there has already been an answer to your query search the archives of the Isle of Wight list at RootsWeb Isle-of-Wight-L searchable archives or browse them at RootsWeb Isle-of-Wight-L threaded archives

There is also a mailinglist at for Hampshire that also includes the Isle of Wight ENG-Hampshire

GenUKI-Isle of Wight

The GenUKI-Hampshire website contains a wealth of information on the county of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.  Please take a moment to visit this worthwhile website.

Government and Local Business


Online News Sources

Query and Surname Boards

This site has been using the GenConnect at RootsWeb message board system to collect surname and queries from passing researchers.  As of June 22, 2001, this system was merged with the FamilyHistory.Com message board system (owned and operated by Ancestry.Com).  While the message board system remains free all users MUST NOW login before they can post information to the message system.  Some researchers may not want to register with Ancestry.Com to post queries so as a courtesy to researchers another query board has been created that is free and that requires no registration to use.

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