The New Milton and Christchurch HGS Family History Group meet monthly; join us for Help and Inspiration with your Research
Welcome to the New Milton and Christchurch Group page. Our friendly group meets on the second Friday of each month at 7:30pm, in the Library at St Marks Church Hall, Hinton Wood Avenue, Highcliffe, Dorset. New Milton is a market town on the edge of the New Forest. Christchurch, although now in Dorset, was once an historically important town in Hampshire. Our members come from the surrounding area and we are always pleased to welcome visitors and new members.
Why Join Us?
Joining your local group provides an opportunity for you to meet people with the same enthusiasm for family history, and to share skills and expertise. It’s also an opportunity to help others 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 knowledge and have fun!
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 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.
HGS New Milton & Christchurch Group Events & Meetings
- July 13, 2018, 7:30 pm: The memorials in St. Mark’s church - Audrey Brinsford & John Heighes
The stories behind the names of the commemorated.
- August 10, 2018, 7:30 pm: Members’ Evening - I can’t find it anywhere!
A chance to help one another.
- September 14, 2018, 7:30 pm: Broadlands - Phoebe Merrick
The occupants of this famous Romsey house over the centuries.
- October 12, 2018, 7:30 pm: Smuggling in Christchurch: fact or fiction - Mike Andrews
Probably a mixture of both.
- November 9, 2018, 7:30 pm: Where did that name come from? - John Heighes
Surnames, trade names and places.
- December 14, 2018, 7:30 pm: Tiny things - Daphne Austin
But as challenging as ever – our end of year quiz!
The group organiser is John Heighes. He can be contacted using the form on this page.
Find Us Here:
St. Marks Church Hall
Hinton Wood Avenue
Hinton Wood Avenue is the turning opposite ‘The Galleon’ public house on Lymington Road, and the church is a short distance down on the left. Parking is on Hinton Wood Avenue or behind the church. The Library is the room between the large hall and the church.
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Winchester Independent Register – RG4-726
The registers for the Independent Chapel start in 1716 and many entries contain useful details. The spelling of the names written here are exactly as they were written into the register. Different ministers conducting the baptisms decided to record different items of information in addition to the dates and names.
Over Wallop village booklet now available
Over Wallop, once also known as Upper Wallop, (VB097) is located west of the A343 with the B3084 running through the Wallop valley from south-east to north-west. The Wallop Brook rises in the parish and flows south-east. The hamlet of Palestine is in the north
Stratfield Saye village booklet now available
Stratfield Saye village booklet Stratfield Saye (VB096) is located west of the A33 with the Berkshire county border along the Roman road to Silchester forming the parish boundary to the north. Originally the parish included Beech Hill in Berkshire until 1868 when that hamlet became a civil and ecclesiastical parish.
Don’t Always Believe It Update
Duplicate entries in parish registers Resulting from an enquiry recently received in the Research Center a very good example of duplicate entries in registers was found in Nutley and Preston Candover.
Poor Law Union Gazette – 1
Poor Law Union Gazette – 1 Newspapers are a very good source of information on some of our ancestors but they rarely give such detailed information on individuals as that found in the Poor Law Union Gazette.