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
- September 2, 2019, 7:30 pm: Members’ Evening – “My Genealogical Journey” by Phil Brown
If time, “What’s Your Problem?” – a chance for members to help each other with their research.
- October 7, 2019, 7:30 pm: Searching for Surnames: Challenges, Pitfalls and the Downright Ridiculous – Kirsty Gray
With increased indexing and transcription of records, often linked to digitised images on free and commercial websites, searching for an individual or collecting references to everyone holding a particular surname is much easier now, isn't it? Using a variety of sites to try to discover details about those elusive ancestors, creative searching is a must and this talk will uncover some of the investigative methods needed as well as the more challenging transcriptions the genealogist has to work with, whilst still being enormously grateful that they are available to us online!
- November 4, 2019, 7:30 pm: Family Legends, Part II: A Family of Soldiers – Kay Lovell
In her second talk based on stories passed down, this time through her husband’s family, Kay tells of three generations of Army ancestors. She tells the stories of their personal lives as well as their military experiences. Her research supports the family tales of people long since gone and, by recording it all, she hopes to preserve the legends for future generations!
- December 2, 2019, 7:30 pm: Christmas Meeting: Pantomime and the role of the Dame – John Pitman
John performed in Pantomime for 36 years and his talk is like a one-man Pantomime with audience participation and humour thrown in. This promises to be the ideal way to get us all into the Christmas spirit!
The Group organiser is Kay Lovell. 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.