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Romsey HGS Family History Group meet monthly for Talks and Visits to Inspire and Help your Research

Welcome to the Romsey Group page.  This friendly and welcoming  group meets at 7.30pm on the  first Monday of the month or the Tuesday following a Bank Holiday, in Crosfield Hall (Annex), Romsey. Romsey is a small market town and our members come from both the town and the surrounding villages. We are always pleased to welcome visitors and new members.

Why Join HGS Romsey?

Joining your local group provides an opportunity to meet other people who have 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 have some help with your own. The talks, workshops, and social events also provide a great opportunity to extend knowledge and have fun!

If you have any articles that you would like included on our group page, then we would be delighted to hear from you!

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 request for a particular topic. 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 Romsey Group Events & Meetings

  • June 5, 2017, 7:30 pm: What the Butler Saw! – John Pitman

    Both humour and seriousness are brought to a detailed description of the staff hierarchy in a large country house. With the fictitious Downton Abbey very much in mind, we can readily relate to the lives and duties of the ‘big house’ staff from the butler and housekeeper down to the lowliest scullery maid. Mr Pitman intersperses anecdotes with the experiences of members of his own family who have been employed in large houses and estates.

  • July 3, 2017, 7:30 pm: A Brief Introduction to Heraldry – Malcolm Heathcote

    Although Heraldry does not have a great impact on family history, it is a subject of general interest and is a much wider subject than many people realise. Most people have some awareness of heraldry but their knowledge tends to be very limited, usually focusing only on “coats of arms”, and is often erroneous. Family historians should find the subject interesting, if not immediately relevant, especially as Malcolm includes a little local interest in this talk.

  • August 7, 2017, 7:30 pm: *** No meeting ***
  • September 4, 2017, 7:30 pm: War Horse & Other Animals- Tony Babb

    This is an insight into the role of animals involved in the Great War using many pictures and actual recordings by men who were there. Whatever animal you love you should find them here and others that are truly surprising. For those of a sensitive nature, please note that there are NO pictures shown of dead animals.

  • October 2, 2017, 7:30 pm: Members' Evening – To be Arranged
  • November 6, 2017, 7:30 pm: Lifting the lid of the Parish Chest – Ann Mckenzie

    This talk covers all the main records that were stored within parish chests. It describes them and, to help extend your research, explains where to find today those that have survived.

  • December 4, 2017, 7:30 pm: Christmas Get Together

The Group organiser is Dorothy Thompson. She can be contacted using the form on this page.

Find Us Here:

Crosfield Hall (Annex)
Broadwater Road
SO51 8GL


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If you would like to know more about the Romsey Group and its forthcoming events, then please contact the group organiser using this form.
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