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 (Annexe), 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.
HGS Romsey Group Events & Meetings
- April 9, 2018, 7:30 pm: Member’s Evening – A Family Heirloom
Members are requested to bring along one item (or a photograph of an item) and be prepared to say a little something about it with regard to its special meaning, the memories it creates or its inspiration for beginning the journey into family research.
- May 8, 2018, 7:30 pm: 'Up With the Lark – Agricultural Labourers’ – Ian Waller [Note: this is a Tuesday.]
Most of us will have agricultural labourers in our ancestry. This talk discusses how our agricultural ancestors lived and the wealth of records which enable us to piece together their lives. The fact that they existed means that documentary evidence also exists.
- June 4, 2018, 7:30 pm: The GRO Index – Just How Accurate Is It? - Celia Heritage
This talk questions the truth about the accuracy of the GRO Index which may make us review our research technique and help knock down some brick walls! Celia explains how mistakes and inaccuracies in the Index, poor transcriptions, surname variants, BMDs not being registered where you expect them, etc. can make life for the researcher very difficult.
- July 2, 2018, 7:30 pm: Village life in the 1940’s and 1950’s – John Pitman
John’s talks are not simply well-researched; much of the information he shares is from his own life experiences. This particular topic is seen through his eyes as a child in those times, living on a large estate in Hampshire. He likes his audience to have a good time so he includes a good deal of humour; therefore, you can be sure there will be much to laugh about!
- August 6, 2018, 7:30 pm: *** Summer Break - No Meeting ***
- September 10, 2018, 7:30 pm: Members’ Evening - My Indispensable Book + HGS Bookstall (Note: this is the second Monday of the month)
Members are asked to bring along a book which they have found useful or indispensable in their research and tell the Group why they wouldn’t be without it. In connection with this theme, Chris Pavey will be bringing along the HGS Bookstall and Members will have the opportunity to browse and buy.
- October 1, 2018, 7:30 pm: Messages from the Front – Margaret Braddock
Margaret has a collection of over 3,500 postcards from the First World War. She has made a selection which illustrates heroism, humour and everyday activities experienced both in the trenches and on the Home Front. During her presentation she will share her research concerning some of the recipients and senders.
- November 5, 2018, 7:30 pm: Family Legends - Kay Lovell
How many of us have grown up hearing a family story or two? How many of us have been able to confirm the truth? How many of us have had to admit there was no truth at all? In her talk, Kay refers to such stories in her own family history, and explains how most of them did indeed turn out to be true! She explains how she has been able to add detail to some of them and also includes further stories that she has unearthed during her research.
- December 3, 2018, 7:30 pm: Christmas Get Together
The Group organiser is Dorothy Thompson. She can be contacted using the form on this page.
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Death Notices in Old Hampshire Newspapers
Death notices in old Hampshire newspapers can reveal useful information about the deceased. Among the deaths listed in the Hampshire Advertiser of 22 December 1855 were several interesting announcements of deaths home and abroad. Combine the details with information from HGS parish indexes and a personal story emerges.