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Hampshire Genealogical Society has been encouraging, supporting, and successfully conducting family history research for 40 years since it was founded in 1974. It is run entirely by volunteer members who want to help you explore your family history.

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You will see some changes over the next couple of months as we gradually roll-out these modifications.  We will always try to minimise any disruption. Thanking you for your patience.  Dated 04 Nov 2014 Ref: HGS Web Team.

Tower of London Poppies Tribute

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HGS Hampshire Baptisms Index 1842 - 1874 now available

Hampshire Baptisms Index CD 1842 - 1874

Make use of the Research Centre and our online services to search a wide range of family history resources, research, and original transcriptions dating back to the 15th century.

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Whether your family connections are within Hampshire or outside its borders, as a beginner or an expert, you will receive a warm welcome. Join HGS and you will gain access to an informed and friendly network of fellow family historians.

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How Many People Can You Know?

DNA and Facebook. If you go back far enough are you related to everyone and are the rest your friends?

Magazine online family history articles by HGS

Is a Family Tree a Social Network?

Most family historians enjoy a little detective work, watch this space for some more points to ponder...

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HGS Featured Articles

HGS Bookstall Report Jan 2015

HGS Bookstall Report Jan 2015

Latest news on the HGS Bookstall and a list of events the Bookstall will be attending in 2015, by Bookstall Manager, Chris Pavey.

Portsmouth Police Gas Explosion in 1855

Portsmouth Police Gas Explosion in 1855

This account of an explosion in a Portsmouth dockyard police station in 1855 should serve as a cautionary tale of the dangers of mixing gas with a naked flame.

Hardship Cases in a Portsmouth Court

Hardship Cases in a Portsmouth Court

After the Napoleonic wars many suffered hardship that often resulted in lawbreaking and people being taken to court. William ATRELL and John CHAMBERLAIN were two such cases reported in the Hampshire Telegraph in 1817.

How Wills Can Help in Family History

How Wills Can Help in Family History

Wills are a valuable resource for family historians. See how HGS researcher Roy Montgomery used an old will to reveal new information about a Hampshire shopkeeper.

Old Newspaper Articles and Research

Old Newspaper Articles and Research

Snippets from old newspaper articles can add interesting detail to your family history project. HGS researcher Roy Montgomery shares a story he unpicked connecting Hampshire and the Anglo Boer War.

The Curtis Museum, Alton – A Local Resource

The Curtis Museum, Alton – A Local Resource

Local history museums can be a great resource for those researching their family history. The Curtis Museum in Alton Hampshire has some interesting topic material on local places and people.

Using DNA as a Tool in Family History

Using DNA as a Tool in Family History

DNA was offered as a tool to genealogists over a decade ago. Why should family historians consider having a test done and how might it further Hampshire family history research?

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We are excited to announce that AncestryDNA is now available to purchase in the United Kingdom and Ireland! Join over 700,000 people who have discovered more about their family history through the pow...

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We are excited to announce that AncestryDNA is now available to purchase in the United Kingdom and Ireland! Join over 700,000 people who have discovered more about their family history through the power of genetic genealogy. Read more at: ancstry.me/1CEe8CM

Why not take a look at the books for sale on our Bookstall! You never know what you might find. ... See MoreSee Less

Second hand books tell the story the author wants you to read but they can also tell the story of their owners. Have you ever found anything unusual in an old book?

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Second hand books tell the story the author wants you to read but they can also tell the story of their owners.

Have you ever found anything unusual in an old book?

HGS Hampshire Genealogical Society's Family History Page shared Romany and Traveller Family History Society (RTFHS)'s photo. ... See MoreSee Less

The Chilterns Conservation Board has just published Our Common Heritage. It’s a free online publication about the social history of the commons in an area stretching from Berkshire and Oxfordshire t...

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The Chilterns Conservation Board has just published Our Common Heritage. It’s a free online publication about the social history of the commons in an area stretching from Berkshire and Oxfordshire to Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

The publication includes an essay by RTFHS member Anne Ford called ‘On Common Ground’. This focuses on the Romany families who lived in and travelled through the region in the 19th century and made a major contribution to its rural economy and social life by working on the farms and brick kilns, providing music and fairground rides at fairs and feasts and supplying household essentials such as pegs, baskets and brooms. The families named in the study include Hearn, Loveridge, Fenner, Draper, Beldam, Leatherland, Fisher, Harris, Shaw, Buckland, Smith, Boswell and many others.

The cover photograph of the publication shows a fine portrait of the famous Gypsy Elizabeth Leatherland (nee Hearn) who claimed to be 111 years old at her death in Tring, Hertfordshire, in 1874.

http://www.chilternsaonb.org/uploads/files/AboutTheChilterns/Commons/Our_Common_Heritage.pdf

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Not Hampshire, but worth looking at if you have ancestors from the Bristol area. ... See MoreSee Less

All of the team here at Inside Out West are greatly saddened by the death of Harry Patch, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 111. We made two programmes with Harry last year and took him o...

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Bristol Radical History Group has published the names of the Eastville workhouse paupers buried at Rosemary Green. You can check your family history here - http://bit.ly/1DUXXTu

HGS Hampshire Genealogical Society's Family History Page shared Ancestry's photo. ... See MoreSee Less

Interpreting handwriting from old documents can be difficult. If you are new to family history research these tips will help. Understanding old handwriting: ancstry.me/1lHQ5Ir

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Interpreting handwriting from old documents can be difficult. If you are new to family history research these tips will help. 

Understanding old handwriting: http://ancstry.me/1lHQ5Ir

HGS Hampshire Genealogical Society's Family History Page shared Ancestry's photo. ... See MoreSee Less

New Records! UK, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects '1901-1929'. This collection contains records of the money owed to 872,395 soldiers who died while serving in WWI as well the Boer War. You will...

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New Records! UK, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects '1901-1929'.

This collection contains records of the money owed to 872,395 soldiers who died while serving in WWI as well the Boer War. 

You will find a soldier’s name, rank, regiment, place of death and most importantly for family history research, their next of kin!  
Search here: http://ancstry.me/17Pd4R7

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The Glasgow Crew Lists '1863 - 1901' Collection contains information such as ship name, crew name, age, birthplace, nationality, wages and place of discharge. Search now: ancstry.me/1ggVYbi

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The Glasgow Crew Lists '1863 - 1901' Collection contains information such as ship name, crew name, age, birthplace, nationality, wages and place of discharge. 

Search now: http://ancstry.me/1ggVYbi

News and Notices

WDYTYA 2015 Birmingham

WDYTYA 2015 Birmingham

The HGS Bookstall will be attending Who Do You Think You Are Live, which this year is being held at the NEC Birmingham from Thurs 16th to Sat 18th April 2015.

Latest HGS eJournal Download

The December 2014 edition of the HFH journal is now available for download via ‘HFH Quarterly Journal’ in the main menu above.

NEW Village Booklet Releases

Useful unique family history research notes for family historians published in 2014 include Preston Candover, Bentley, Silchester and Tichborne. Available for purchase and download direct from our online shop.

Hampshire Baptisms 1842 –  1874 (HCD016)

Hampshire Baptisms 1842 – 1874 (HCD016)

Hampshire Baptism Index 1842 to 1874. The complete index to baptisms from the Church of England parish registers in mainland Hampshire for the dates given. Excludes the Isle of Wight but includes the Royal Marine Artillery Church at Eastney, otherwise known as the Crinoline Church, with the registers held at The National Archive (TNA), Kew. Fully searchable, this comprehensive index is an essential tool for those researching their Hampshire ancestry. Available to purchase on CD via the Publications page.

Windows 8 CD Solutions

If using HGS CD with a Windows computer running Windows 8, you may experience difficulties with Autorun not working. We have advice on how to solve the problem.

HGS Publications by Post

If you prefer to order HGS publications by post, you can download the HGS Publications List from the website here.

HGS Members Web Login Registration

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