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HGS Helping You Explore and Research Your Family History

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

Hampshire Burial Index 1838-1865 at WDYTYA 2015

New and available at WDYTYA and direct from HGS from Mon 20th April.

 

HCD017 Hampshire Burials Index 1838-1865

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...

HGS DataVis2 Surname Index 20140214   Google Fusion Tables

A new addition to our Village Booklet Series researched specifically as a concise guide and starting point for family historians.

Available to Buy in Print for just £2.50 and only £2.00 as a download emailed directly to your inbox

 

Ibsley Village Booklet

Ibsley Village Booklet

HGS Monumental Inscriptions
Over 40 years of transcribing by the HGS and other organisations

An extensive and unique collection available on CD-ROM

 

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HGS Featured Articles

WDYTYA 2015 Report

WDYTYA 2015 Report

A new venture for HGS took place in April this year when we took our Bookstall to Who Do You Think You Are? 2015 for the shows first time at Birmingham NEC.

Hampshire Murder in Swanwick, 1899

Hampshire Murder in Swanwick, 1899

The 1899 Hampshire murder of young Dorcas HOUGHTON resulted in nationwide publicity.
Eighteen year old Dorcas was killed in Swanwick by her jilted boyfriend Charles MAIDMENT aged 22. Despite a plea of insanity Charles was found guilty and hanged 3 months later.

HGS Hampshire Monumental Inscriptions Index

HGS Hampshire Monumental Inscriptions Index

What are Monumental Inscriptions and why do they help your research? HGS researcher Roy Montgomery explains all using examples illustrating just how useful the HGS Hampshire Monumental Inscriptions index is.

1855 Portsea Hospital Bed Shortage

1855 Portsea Hospital Bed Shortage

An 1855 Portsea Hospital bed shortage raised concerns when a man who was turned away later died.

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?

The History of Hampshire Genealogical Society

HGS germinated from a single advert in Portsmouth Library in October 1973. It invited all those interested in genealogy to get in touch – and they did!

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Some photos of our successful visit to Weston-super-Mare last weekend. You don't have to wait for our next Bookstall event - as well as all our HGS publications you can now buy Alan Godfrey maps for Hampshire and Eve McLaughlan genealogical books via our HGS Journal - due out soon. ... See MoreSee Less

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The June edition of the Hampshire Family Historian is due out next week. If you are a member it will be dropping through your letterbox or available to download from the website. if you are not a member, here is a little sample of what you will be missing:

"My ancestor, Dinah BULL, was the
daughter of travellers William BULL and
Rosamond ANDERSON. Diana married Francis FREEMAN, a
chimney sweep, at All Saints Church, Odiham
in 1816. They settled in North Warnborough
where they raised their seven children.
There is no evidence, besides the baptisms
and marriages of their children, to suggest
that the Freeman family were particularly
religious but by the end of 1855 the youngest
son, had become one of the central players in a court battle which
became known throughout England as the remarriage
case of Greywell. It was a case that
both highlighted the deep divide between the
Dissenting and the Established Churches and
became the source of deep debate in the
Houses of Parliament. "

Thanks to Member, Sue Wright, for her article.
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David BroomfieldWow! Related to Lesley Bull?3 days ago   ·  1

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Continuing the theme ........

Taken at The Federation of Family History Societies General Meeting on 21st March 2015 held in the Princess Royal room in the Naval Museum in Portsmouth Dockyard are Dolina Clarke (Chairman HGS) and Sheila Brine (Secretary HGS) with Nick Barrett President of FFHS.
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HGS AGM was held at Winchester Discovery Centre last Sunday. Members enjoyed an interesting talk from Colin Chapman on WWI prisoner of war camps in England. The Chairman presented her report and thanked all the volunteers for their hard work during the year. The new Executive Committee was voted in and will hold its first meeting next week. Committee photo:
Sitting (l to r): Angela Winteridge, Dolina Clarke (Chairman), Judy Kimber (HGS President), Sheila Brine (Secretary), Eileen Davies.
Standing (l to r): Lyn Penny, Ann-Marie Shearer (Treasurer), Gwen Newland (Membership Secretary), John Sims, Chris Pavey, Keith Turner. Vice-Chairman, Paul Pinhorne, was unable to attend and sent his apologies.
2nd photo: Dolina Clarke thanks our speaker Colin Chapman.
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Dianne HonanThank you to all the wonderful members who put their hand up to support the group. I wish you well for the year ahead. Also thank you to all those who served on the previous committee. Your committment is appreciated. Keep up the great work of the group.2 weeks ago

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VE Day 70 part of all our family histories, 70 years on. ... See MoreSee Less

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Early start with a sail away to the Isle of Wight for the IOW FHS Open Day and AGM. Bookstall all set up and the WI have delicious cakes to get us through the day. ... See MoreSee Less

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David BroomfieldWell done Bookstall Team!2 weeks ago

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The Bramshaw village booklet by researcher Roy Montgomery is another excellent and detailed exploration of this Hampshire village and the parish of St Peter and is now available to purchase from the website or the sales office, see www.hgs-familyhistory.com/bramshaw-village-booklet/.

Bramshaw is situated just inside the New Forest 7 miles south-west of Romsey and 7 miles north-east of Ringwood.

References to Bramshaw documents, records and photographs held at the Hampshire Record Office are given throughout, together with useful website addresses for more information.

All 77 village booklets can be found listed on www.hgs-familyhistory.com/shop/village-family-history-booklets/.
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News and Notices

Hampshire Burials 1838 –  1865 (HCD017)

Hampshire Burials 1838 – 1865 (HCD017)

A NEW index on CD for 2015 launched at WDYTYA Live! Birmingham, this is the latest release from our over 40 years of researching and transcribing family history records. This is another ‘must have’ addition to help find your early Hampshire ancestors.

41st HGS AGM & Lectures 10 May 2015

The HGS 41st AGM & lecture programme is at 2pm on Sun 10 May 2015 at Winchester Discovery Centre, doors open 12 noon. The speaker will be Colin R Chapman, PhD, FSG who will talk about ‘WW1 POW Camps in Hampshire & Elsewhere’.

Latest HGS eJournal Download

For HGS members who receive the eJournal format of the Hampshire Family Historian, the March 2015 edition is now available for download.

NEW Hampshire Village Booklet Releases

Bramshaw village is the newest addition (Mar 2015) to the HGS series of unique research notes for family historians. Other recent titles include Eversley, Long Sutton, Preston Candover and Bentley. They are all available to order online or download direct from our online shop.

Hampshire Family History Open Day 2015

The HGS Open Day 2015 is on Sunday 11th October, 10am to 4pm at the Everest Community Academy, Oxford Way, BASINGSTOKE, Hampshire RG24 9FP. A must for everyone tracing their family history.

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

New or existing HGS Members who have not joined or renewed online, will need to register for a Login and password to access members services on this website. Please complete this form to register.

Is Your Renewal Due?

Is your HGS Subscription due for renewal? Check out how to renew your membership, the payment options available including recurring online payment, and Gift Aid.