Basingstoke HGS Family History Group meet monthly for Talks and Visits to Inspire and Help you with your Research
Welcome to the Basingstoke Group page. You do not need Hampshire ancestors to attend our meetings, all you need is an interest in family history. Our subjects are varied and aim to assist you with your research wherever your ancestors came from. We give you the opportunity to chat with like minded researchers who can help and advise you. We cater for all and are a very friendly bunch! We have some extremely knowledgeable members, from those with up to 40 years research, to those who have only just started.
Meetings of the Basingstoke HGS group are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the main hall of the St Michael’s Church Cottage (behind St Michael’s Church) from 7:30pm to around 9:30pm. This is a ground floor room with disabled access and toilet. Parking outside is free. The main part of our evening concludes around 9:00pm, when refreshments are made available for a small fee and members chat amongst themselves.
Why Join Basingstoke Group
Specialist speakers give talks, and we have participation evenings when members may present and talk about their own research. Please see our Programme of the events organised.
There are three tables in the hall; one contains magazines and leaflets donated by members, the second contains useful information to browse through, and the third contains books donated by Members (on history, family and local history) that are available to borrow. All leaflets, magazines and loans are free of charge.
A monthly Newsletter is e-mailed to our members and visitors reminding them of the date of the next meeting, and includes snippets of information about all sorts of family history things!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You are most welcome to join our meetings as a visitor, or even better, join HGS and become part of a wide Hampshire family history community.
HGS Basingstoke Group Events & Meetings
- July 25, 2018, 7:30 pm: Members’ Presentations: The story behind a photograph, postcard or letter
Do you have a photograph, postcard or letter that tells a story? Time to share.
- August 22, 2018, 7:30 pm: Pre 1841 census sources - Speaker: Ian Waller
Throughout history officialdom has created lists of people on a regular basis. The pre 1841 census returns, Posse Comitatus, tax lists, rate books, etc. which have existed since time immemorial identify our ancestors in specific places and are a great help in locating family events. This talk looks at a variety of records available to find you ancestors.
- September 26, 2018, 7:30 pm: Members’ Presentations / Discussions - Anything you like!
Any subject, any ancestor, any item, any question.
- October 24, 2018, 7:30 pm: Getting the best from The National Archives & its Website - Simon Fowler
The National Archives website is a key resource for family historians but it can be hard to make head or tail of it. This evening’s talk will show you how to get the best from the website and Discovery catalogue. The session should reveal new sources at Kew for you to explore for that elusive ancestor.
- November 28, 2018, 7:30 pm: Our Christmas Function
- December 26, 2018, 7:30 pm: ** No meeting in December - Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!
The group organizer is Lin Penny. She can be contacted using the form on this page.
Find Us Here:
St Michaels Church Cottage Hall
Behind St Michaels Church
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Winchester Independent Register – RG4-726
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