Fleet and Farnborough HGS Family History Group meet monthly for Talks and Visits to Inspire and Help you with your Research
Welcome to the Fleet and Farnborough Group page. This friendly and welcoming group meets at 7:30pm, on the second Thursday of the month at the United Reformed Church Hall, Kings Road, Fleet, Hants GU51 3AF.
Fleet and Farnborough are situated in the north east corner of the county and our members come from both of the towns as well as the surrounding villages. We are always very pleased to welcome visitors and new members.
Joining your local group provides an opportunity to meet other people who share the same enthusiasm for family history and to share skills and expertise. It’s also an opportunity for you to help others to break down ‘brick walls’ in their research and get some help with your own. The talks, workshops, and social events also provide a great opportunity to extend your knowledge and have fun!
Why Join Fleet & Farnborough Group?
An added bonus of the Fleet and Farnborough Group is the reference library, which members are free to use.
Come as a visitor, or better still, join the HGS and become part of the larger Hampshire Family History community.
The Group meetings are either a talk from a speaker on a family history related subject, or a Members’ Evening, usually arranged around members interests or a particular topic request. The meeting is followed by tea/coffee and biscuits, which gives everyone the opportunity to meet and chat with the speaker and each other.
We hope you enjoy reading the articles we have written about our activities or things that interest us. If you have an article that you would like to share we would be delighted to hear from you.
HGS Fleet and Farnborough Group Events & Meetings
- June 8, 2017, 7:30 pm: British Home Children - Margaret Bowman, HGS Andover Group
Britain’s child migrants: ‘I was told I was going on a picnic’. The child migrants sent from UK to various parts of the world under what could be described as forcible emigration
- July 13, 2017, 7:30 pm: Harlots, Dung & Glory - Andrew Negus, Historian and Blue Badge Guide
A history of the Port from early times to Nelson’s times.
- August 10, 2017, N/A: Members' Social Event - Winchester Military Museums
This is a DAYTIME visit. Meeting time and place to follow - please check back!
- September 14, 2017, 7:30 pm: Napoleonic Prisoner of War Work: some Hampshire connections - Tony Cross, former Curator of the Curtis Museum, Alton
In the latter part of the 1700's and the early 1800's, Britain and France were at war. Prisoners were taken by both sides. Tony will talk about the legacy left by some of those French prisoners who spent their time in Hampshire.
- October 12, 2017, 7:30 pm: Members' Evening - Family Secrets
The things we tried to hide of illegitimacy, adoption, divorce, bigamy, insanity, an adopted child’s origins
- November 9, 2017, 7:30 pm: Tales from the Register Office - Lucinda Thursfield, a retired Superintendent Registrar for Hampshire
The history of registration, the creation of the General Register Office with personal humorous experiences she has encountered.
- December 14, 2017, 7:30 pm: Christmas Party
The Group organiser is David Broomfield. He can be contacted using the form on this page.
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Will of John Biggnall of Kingston
Can an early will help with family trees John Biggnall The early registers for both Portsmouth parishes have disappeared. Later 17 Century registers are not always complete. Trying to trace early families on Portsea Island can be difficult but early wills may help. John BIGGNALL of Kingston wrote his will on 8 February 1684/5 and […]
HGS Ringwood team runners-up in local quiz
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Latest Village Booklet – No 90 Shalden – is available now
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The Hampshire Family Historian Volume 45 No.1 – June 2017
The next edition of the Hampshire Family Historian will soon be dropping through letterboxes and be available for download in the Members’ Area. Look out for the final part of ‘Royalty in the Forest’ by Richard Smith and another great article by Roy Montgomery ‘Learning a Lesson’. PLUS as usual: Members Interests, Research Room, Around the […]