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Isle of Wight Council

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL:
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): IOW

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

County Reference Library
Lord Louis Library
Orchard Street
Isle of Wight
PO30 1LL
Tel: 01983 203887
Fax: 01983 203899
[email protected]
Contact: Island Heritage Librarian

Opening hours:

Monday: 0900-1730
Tuesday: 0900-1730
Wednesday: 0900-1730
Thursday: 1000-2000
Friday: 0900-1730
Saturday: 0900-1700
Sunday: 1000-1300

Other Libraries:


3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? No

Provided by local Record Office? Isle of Wight County Record Office offers a fee-based (�15 per hour) research service. A maximum of three one-hour searches will be undertaken. Full details of the office's search service and charges are available on request. Contact: Richard Smout, County Archivist
Opening hours: Monday: 0930-1700; Tuesday-Friday: 0900-1700; Evening opening: 1700-1930 on first Wednesday of each month: an appointment is necessary
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes 1837 - (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations County Reference Library
Registrar General's Index 1837-1992 Births, Marriages and Deaths

5. Census returns

Held at the Record Office for the Isle of Wight 1841-1901. Indexes are available for 1851 and 1881

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Local history collection. County Reference library
Street/Trade directories (including Kellys) 1830 - 1951

6(b) City and Town Directories


6(c) Telephone Directories


7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

County Reference Library: Electoral registers: all Isle of Wight 1966-
County Record Office: Electoral registers 1920-1973 (some gaps)

7(b) Poll Books

County Reference Library: 1852, 1857, (Newport) 1865, 1870 (Newport), 1870
County Record Office: County: 1705, 1713, 1734, 1779, 1790, 1833, 1835 and 1857
Newport: 1835, 1837, 1840, 1847, 1857, 1865, 1870

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

County Record Office. Microfiche 1988

9. Unpublished Indexes

County Reference Library: periodicals index. Catalogue
County Record Office: Names Index; Place Index; Subject Index ~see attached sheets).
Catalogues: to estate collections, parish records, nonconformist records, Newport Borough, County Council House of Industry

10. Parish Registers

County Record Office: extensive collections of parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials (from 1539 onwards). As well as administrative records such as churchwardens' accounts and vestry minutes.
There are also some records of nonconformist churches, mainly Methodist register of baptisms.

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Hampshire Magazine 1960-
Family Tree Magazine 1994-

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material

County Record Office: cemetery registers and monumental inscriptions (transcripts) c.1860s-1930s (not comprehensive).

14. Guides to Collections


15. Local Record Offices

Isle of Wight County Record Office
26 Hillside
Isle of Wight
PO30 2EB
Tel: 01983 823820/823821
Fax: -
Email: -

Other information

Two Internet terminals (public access): County Reference Library; Ryde Library, George Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight (tel: 01983 562170; fax: 01983 615644)