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.

*** Please note we are updating and enhancing our website. ***
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. Thank you for your patience. Updated 28 February 2015 Ref: HGS Web Team.

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.


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

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.

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What a great example of the industrial Revolution, alive and kicking in Eastney Portsmouth. Must get see that at some point. Anyone else seen it or been there? ... See MoreSee Less

Eastney Pumping Station 1887

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Just published is the Eversley village booklet by HGS researcher Roy Montgomery now available to order or download from www.hgs-familyhistory.com/eversley-village-booklet/. This is an excellent and comprehensive exploration of this Hampshire village and the parish of St Mary.

The booklet includes a map of the village and is packed with historical information about the churches, schools and contiguous parishes. Numerous local surnames including those of landowners, priests, farmers, innkeepers and schoolmasters are included.

Over 70 other village booklets are available, see www.hgs-familyhistory.com/shop/village-family-history-booklets/ for the full list of booklets.
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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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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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HGS Hampshire Genealogical Society's Family History Page shared Romany and Traveller Family History Society (RTFHS)'s . ... 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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Not Hampshire, but worth looking at if you have ancestors from the Bristol area. ... See MoreSee Less

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

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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: ancstry.me/1lHQ5Ir

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News and Notices

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’.

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

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

Eversley village is the newest addition (Feb 2015) to the HGS series of unique research notes for family historians. Other recent titles include Long Sutton, Preston Candover, Bentley and Silchester. 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 – as shown on your journal delivery envelope? Check out how to renew your membership, the payment options available including recurring online payment, and Gift Aid.