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
- June 28, 2017, 7:30 pm: Where there’s a will, there’s a way - Ken Smallbone
Having been a professional genealogist and historical researcher for 45 years, Ken has been through thousands of wills from 1300 to the present day, including foreign ones, and can therefore offer members numerous facts and tips that they may very well not be aware of.
- July 26, 2017, 7:30 pm: Members’ Presentations: My Ancestor told fibs!
They certainly did, didn’t they! Come and tell us what untruths you uncovered.
- August 23, 2017, 7:30 pm: Sold, Separated or Divorced - Ian Waller
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.
- September 27, 2017, 7:30 pm: Employment Records - Colin Moretti
Colin will discuss possible ways to discover what our ancestors did for a living then outline information that might be found for a range of occupations, including some of the more difficult ones. For those of our forebears who were in rural trades or employed by small businesses in towns and cities it will not be possible to find detailed records (these are quite rare) but in many cases it is still possible to better understand what their job entailed.
- October 25, 2017, 7:30 pm: Members’ Show & Tell: My Heirloom
We all have precious family items passed down through the generations. Take a few minutes to tell the group about your special object.
- November 22, 2017, 7:30 pm: Our Christmas Function
- December 27, 2017, 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.
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St Michaels Church Cottage Hall
Behind St Michaels Church
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