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 26, 2019, 7:30 pm: Civil Registration: A Registrar’s View - Antony Marr
Antony Marr will explain the mysteries of Civil Registration looking at it from a registrar’s view. A seasoned family history researcher, appearing on BBC TV programmes “Family Finders” and “Who Do You Think You Are”, Antony also worked as a Deputy Registrar in Buckinghamshire dealing with all aspects of Births, Marriages and Deaths in the county. It is from this unique standpoint that he is able to bring an understanding of the registration system which is so important to family historians.
- July 24, 2019, 7:30 pm: Members’ Presentations - DNA Findings
- August 28, 2019, 7:30 pm: Summer Function. Members only visit to the Mayor’s Parlour.
- September 25, 2019, 7:30 pm: Members' Evening - Newspapers Online and how to search them
- October 23, 2019, 7:30 pm: Basingstoke Workhouse - Barbara Large
Local historian and writer Barbara Large will give a talk about the Basingstoke Workhouse, revealing details of the lives of the poor and the staff who lived and worked in the most feared of institutions. Barbara was a volunteer researcher for the revision of the Victoria County History, Hampshire, and designed the VCH Hampshire Newsletter, as well as being an active participant in the Basingstoke Talking History project, run by the Basingstoke Archaeological & Historical Society.
- November 27, 2019, 7:30 pm: Christmas Festivities - Members only Quiz and Buffet
- December 25, 2019, 7:30 pm: ** No meeting in December - Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!
The group is currently run by committee. They 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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