Just to note that I am updating the website.  I hope to replace the link to the Facebook page with a proper Facebook page plugin, and I am also adding a tip button so that visitors that find the content useful can leave a contribution if they wish.  I also intend to add the ability to comment on articles with Facebook comments.  So please don't be alarmed if you notice things have changed and please let me know if you notice anything that doesn't work!


I just thought I'd remind you all that the IOW Council website has a great list of all the parish record holdings at the Isle of Wight Record Offfice.  It gives the years covered by the Christening (Baptism), Marriage and Burial records for each parish and if you click on the name of the parish it also gives you a complete list of all the other parish records available.  If you can't get there in person to have a look at anything, let me know!

Also on that page is a handy link to a map of the parishes.

Happy New Year!  I wish everyone many new branches for their trees in 2017 and a lack of brick walls!

I realise that I haven't added any blog posts for ages, but that doesn't mean that things are static on the Wightheirs front!  I have been considered improvements to my offerings and will soon be updating the website accordingly.  I have decided to add two new services, namely photographic restoration and heraldic art.  Expect pages offering these services to be added soon.

I have finally got around to producing a transcript of the 1811 census data for Calbourne.  I am afraid that as with most early censuses it only names the head of household and gives the numbers of males and females. It has been added to the end of the original article.  I have also updated the Calbourne 1803 Census Transcript article to add a PDF file of the transcript.  With the recent transcript of the 1821 Ryde census data I think I now have PDF transcripts of all the early census data that I have copies of.

On the 12th September 2014 I was rushed to hospital.  It was discovered that I was suffering from a heart attack, diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), heart damage from a previous heart attack (of which I had been completely unaware) and pneumonia.  My wife was told I probably would not survive.  But 12 days later they let me out of intensive care and about a week later I discharged myself and my wife and son brought me home.  With the wonderful support of my wife I have been recovering ever since.  I have been doing a fair bit of online research but hope to be fit to get up to the Record Office after Easter.

So if you have any Record Office research that needs to be done let me know!