Isle of Wight, England Genealogy

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The Isle of Wight was formerly part of Hampshire until 1890 when it became an independent administrative county.

The county covers the largest island of England situated off the south coast of Hampshire and is separated from the mainland by what is known as the Solent.

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Use an interactive map to find jurisdictions for each parish in the Isle of Wight.

Civil Districts

When civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began in 1837, the Isle of Wight was a seperate registration district, containing several parishes. The index to the civil records gives the name of the district where an event took place.

Read more about England Civil Registration.


See a list of the parishes of the Isle of Wight with links to articles.

Probate Jurisdictions

Before 1858, every town and parish in the Isle of Wight was under the probate jurisdiction of several ecclesiastical courts. To read more about probate records and see a list of Hampshire towns and parishes and the probate courts that had jurisdiction over them, go to Hampshire Probate Records.


To view a further list of web sites and/or web pages for the Isle of Wight and many of its parishes, visit