Southampton HGS Family History Group meet monthly for Talks and Visits to Inspire and Help you with your Research
Welcome to the Southampton Group page. This friendly and welcoming group meets at 7.30pm on the third Monday of the month (except Bank Holidays) at the Roman Catholic Church Hall, Commercial Street, Bitterne. Southampton is an ancient and historical port city. We welcome both new members and visitors to our group.
The Southampton group are a friendly gathering, with a normal attendance of about thirty people who enjoy meeting others with a common interest. We arrange for speakers on subjects specifically related to family history research, such as ‘how to research merchant navy records’, and local history topics. Occasionally, in the Summer, we have made outside visits, for example last year we visited H.M.S. Dryad and the map room used in World War Two Planning. We are not run by a single organiser, but by a group of people who share tasks, and we try to adapt our program to the wishes of the group. An example of this is an increase in the number of evenings called members’ evenings, where we don’t have a speaker but instead talk about our own individual research and see how we can help one another out.
We are fortunate in that our venue is close to many bus routes and perhaps, more importantly, next to a large [currently free] car park.
Why Join Us?
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 to break down ‘brick walls’ in their research and to have some help with your own. The talks, workshops, and social events also provide a great opportunity to extend knowledge and have fun!
So why not come along and join us, we’d be delighted to welcome you!
HGS Southampton Group Events & Meetings
- October 15, 2018, 7:30 pm: French P.O.W s in Hampshire - Paul Chamberlain
During the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, Hampshire was home to many thousands of prisoners taken on land and sea. Paul examines how and where these men were held; who administered them; what their lives in captivity were like; and how and when they were released.
- November 19, 2018, 7:30 pm: Members’ Evening
- December 17, 2018, 7:30 pm: Marmalade, Spuds & A Bag of Gold: Gift Giving in Tudor Southampton - Cheryl Butler. To be followed by Christmas buffet.
The Group organiser is Mike Lawrence. He can be contacted using the form on this page.
Find Us Here:
Roman Catholic Church Hall
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