HGS Helping You Explore and Research Your Family History

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.

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

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.

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!

Enham – Alamein Village for Injured WWI Soldiers

Enham – Alamein Village for Injured WWI Soldiers

The Hampshire village of Enham – Alamein was a rehabilitation village for WWI soldiers financed by a generous gift. If you have a Hampshire family history connection to this area you might be well rewarded by making a visit.

A Hampshire History of Immigration and Emigration

A Hampshire History of Immigration and Emigration

Did your family emigrate to Canada, America or Australia through the port of Southampton Hampshire? If so, then let Hampshire Genealogical Society help you to connect with your Hampshire heritage

News and Notices

NEW Village Booklet Releases

Useful unique family history research notes for family historians published in 2014 include Bentley, Silchester, Tichborne and Warnford. 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

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.