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Isle of Wight

This page offers hints for genealogy research in the Isle of Wight.
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The Isle of Wight is often considered to be part of Hampshire but it is a county in its own right. Researchers must always bear this in mind and check out any Hampshire information in case it contains an Isle of Wight reference. The Isle of Wight has/had 32 parishes of its own, despite its small size on the map. The Isle of Wight is a true island with no land or bridge links but is easily reached by ferry from Southampton or Portsmouth which are on the south coast of Hampshire.

For research purposes the main place of interest is Newport where you will find the Isle of Wight Record Office. This is the place to find all parish registers and many other records relating to parishes in the county of the Isle of Wight. The Isle of Wight has/had 32 parishes.

The main society for people researching their Isle of Wight ancestry is the Isle of Wight Family History Society. The society offers a quarterly magazine and its website has a page for listing your research queries.


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