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HGS Open Day 2015

Many thanks to the members of Basingstoke HGS Local Group and everyone else involved in the organisation of another successful HGS Open Day.

The atmosphere in the hall was buzzing and our three speakers were well received. We hope that everyone who attended had a productive time and we would like to extend a warm welcome to the 15 new HGS members who joined on the day.

HGS Open Day Prizewinners

Congratulations to the following HGS Open Day Prizewinners. Winners will be contacted and arrangements made for their prizes to be delivered.

Winners of the free prize draw open to all attendees:

1st Prize goes to Carole Light, who wins a £20 M&S voucher.
2nd Prize goes to Mary Mathews, who wins the book ‘UK Timelines for Family Historians’.

Winner of the prize draw for new members joining on the day:

Mary Seager, who wins a springback folder and acid free inserts. Prize kindly donated by ‘My History’.

NEW Hampshire Village Booklet Releases

East Worldham and the parish of St Mary the Virgin is the latest addition (Sept 2015) to the HGS Village Booklet series of unique research notes for family historians. Other recent titles include Hartley Mauditt and West Worldham, Droxford and Upper Clatford. All are available to order online or download direct from our online shop.

HGS Featured Articles

Greywell Remarriage in 1855

Greywell Remarriage in 1855

Francis FREEMAN and Sarah Ann ROGERS from Odiham, Hampshire had legally married in 1854. The Hampshire Advertiser reports how they were then induced by their local curate in Greywell to a re-marriage in 1855.

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.

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.

How Wills Can Help your Family History Research

How Wills Can Help your Family History Research

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.

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!