We have jumped the gun – slightly!!

Our June issue of the HGS Journal contains an article announcing availability of two ranges of Bookstall items through the Society website as well as direct from the HGS Office.

The intention was to introduce this option at the same time as we move to our new website, currently under development, but still a little way off in terms of going live.

The bad news therefore is that the Alan Godfrey Maps and the Eve McLaughlin Guides are NOT available to order through the current website.

The good news however is that both these product ranges can be ordered via the HGS Office, as per the details within the Journal article.

These products will be available, together with our full range of CDs, Village Booklets etc. from launch date of the new website.

ALL our existing range of products: Data CDs, Village Booklets etc. can continue to be ordered via the current website.


HGS Helping You Explore and Research
Your Family History

Welcome to the HGS website. 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.

  • Have you seen our Family History Articles page? We have a large variety of interesting short articles, mostly written by HGS members, ranging from stories from old newspapers, to useful research examples and Hampshire history. Select ‘Family History Articles’ from the menu bar or go direct to the List of Family History Articles.

HGS Featured Articles

WDYTYA HGS 2016 Report

WDYTYA HGS 2016 Report

HGS had the pleasure of attending the annual WDYTYA event, held for the second year running at the NEC Birmingham from 7-9th April. The first day of the event was the busiest with very brisk sales and many enquiries.  The subsequent days were a little quieter, but still busy for us.  Our sales held up…

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!

HGS Bookstall Events 2016

HGS Bookstall will be attending the events listed here during 2016.

Latest HGS eJournal Download

For HGS members who receive the eJournal format of the Hampshire Family Historian, the March 2016 edition is now available for download. This issue contains important AGM attendance information and a membership renewal insert.

NEW Hampshire Village Booklet Releases

East and West Wellow and the parish of St Mary of Antioch is the latest addition (Feb 2016) to the HGS Village Booklet series of unique research notes for family historians. Other recent titles include Amport, East Worldham, and Hartley Mauditt and West Worldham. All are available to order online or download direct from our online shop.