Hampshire Genealogical Society

Andover HGS Family History Group meet monthly for talks and visits to inspire and help you with your research

Welcome to the Andover Group page! This friendly and welcoming group meets on the second Thursday of each month (except August) at The Weyhill Fairground Hall, near Andover, where there’s plenty of parking. Doors open at 7pm and the meeting begins promptly at 7:30 pm. We are always very pleased to welcome visitors and new members.

You don’t have to have Hampshire roots to join us: while most members live in Andover or within a ten-mile radius, a large number of us don’t have local connections, and are researching throughout the UK and beyond.

Our speakers cover a wide range of topics of relevance to any family historian. At Members’ Evenings we share stories, discoveries, challenges & brickwalls, expertise & skills – all of interest for long-term researchers and beginners alike. At all meetings there’s a chance to chat over tea/coffee.

We have an extensive library (free loans) of books, CDs, fiches, etc., with new acquisitions constantly being added to the catalogue (emailed to each member).

We organise occasional trips to Family History Shows and places of particular interest for our research.

HGS Andover Group Events & Meetings

*** We are going virtual for some of our meetings. To attend these Zoom meetings, please contact the Group Organiser to be added to the invitation list.

  • August 13, 2020, N/A: Summer Break - No Meeting
  • September 10, 2020, 7:15 pm: Counting for People - Dave Annal - via Zoom

    A census of England and Wales has been taken every ten years since 1801 and the surviving records now form one of family history’s key resources. The schedules for the years 1841 to 1911 are now easily accessible online but finding our ancestors isn’t always as easy as we like. Based on more than thirty years experience of working with census returns, this talk will introduce some essential techniques for searching online databases and will provide some vital clues to help you track down your elusive ancestors.

  • October 8, 2020, 7:15 pm: Sold, Separated, Divorced - Ian Waller - via Zoom

    Throughout history marriages have always broken down having a significant effect on the family. Not everyone divorced but there are records recording desertion, wife sale, separation and divorce some of which needed an Act of Parliament.

  • November 12, 2020, 7:15 pm: Members’ Evening with a War Theme
  • December 10, 2020, 7:15 pm: Christmas Meeting

For further details, including the full year’s programme, please contact the Group Organiser, Ann McKenzie, via the form below.

Find Us Here:

Weyhill Fairground Hall
SP11 0QN

We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month (except August).


Contact Andover Group Organiser

If you would like to know more about the Andover Group and its forthcoming events, then please contact the group organiser using this form.
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