Isle of Wight Record Office holds resources relating to the island. These archives cover the period from the twelfth century to the present day. The resources cover a vast range of subjects which include church records, family papers, local government records and school registers.
The Office then makes these records publicly accessible. If you are tracing your family history, researching the history of a house or are interested in local history, you will find the documents of use. They are also useful if you are working on a school project or completing university degree work.
The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to help should you have any questions or require assistance.
Many documents have been indexed, these indexes being available in the search room at Hillside. Each Island parish is covered by the Office's parish collection and includes details of parish registers from 1539. It also includes documents with regard to poor relief and churchwardens accounts.
Some of their databases may be searched on-line which include:
They have personal name indexes to:
They also have School records indexes:
Index to wills incorporate:
Opening Hours can be found by perusing the appropriate section of the Office's Contact Information page.
To peruse material that is held on microfilm or microfiche, it is beset to make an appointment.
Parking is limited, so disabled drivers are advised to reserve a space. It is also possible to park at the Quay but access to this car park is closed on Tuesdays because of market day. There are several car parks within the town centre.
If you are only intending to visit the Archives for the day, day tickets are available which give access. You will still need to provide proof of name and address before this ticket may be issued, but you do not need to provide proof of identity.
The Archives is a member of CARN (County Archive Research Network)