The Isle of Man Family History Society was formed in January 1979 with the aim of encouraging the study of genealogy and family history, particularly within the Isle of Man. Being a member of the society benefits all those researching their families, whether they are Manx born or not. Members living abroad will find it rewarding to discover their Island heritage in this manner.
Meetings are held monthly, mostly on the third Friday and start at 7.30pm. We meet at the Union Mills Methodist Church Hall, where there is plenty of parking available. An exhibition and open days are usually held each year, where we display family trees of members, and copies of our publications can be purchased.
Members of the society continue to transcribe and publish vital records for the benefit of all members and we have a display this at the "Homecomer's Marquee" on Tynwald Day each year, which provides an opportunity to welcome our members who may be visiting visit the Island.
Membership includes copies of our quarterly journal "Fraueyn as Banglaneyn" (Manx Gaelic) "Roots and Branches" which is published in February, May, August and November. It includes articles of genealogical and historical interest, "Members Interests" and "Can you help" sections.
We also have a dedicated members' area on the website. An ongoing project, it contains transcripts to Wills, marriage contracts, burial records etc. Members will be issued with a username and password for access, if you have not received it, please contact the Society Secretary Pat Nicholson
For people living in the Isle of Man whose ancestry is not Manx, our library holds the International Genealogical Index (IGI) on microfiche covering the British Isles. The library is located at Derby Lodge, Derby Road, Peel. Please contact the librarian on 01624 843105 for details on opening times.