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HGS will be at ‘The London Family History Show’ this Saturday 22nd September – see HGS Bookstall Events for details.

HGS: Here to Help You Explore and Research Your Family History

Welcome to the Hampshire Genealogical Society which, as a registered charity run entirely by volunteers, has been promoting and encouraging the study of family history research since its formation in 1974.

Our aim is to help you trace your family’s Hampshire roots; therefore the Society has collected, transcribed, published and made accessible in various formats, a large catalogue of Family History Records, Data and Historical Documents relating to the County of Hampshire.

We provide research facilities at our Centre in Cosham where we can advise, guide and assist those of you who wish to further your research. A range of Society publications and data CDs is available from the Research Centre, through our website, and from our Bookstall which you may find at a number of Family History events throughout the year.

For our local members, we offer lectures, visits, meetings and discussions at our monthly Group Meetings across the County. However, our membership is world-wide and we frequently help members from other areas, not just in the United Kingdom, but from places as far-flung as Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand who are researching their Hampshire ancestry.

Whether you have family connections within Hampshire or further afield; whether you are a beginner or an expert, you will receive a warm welcome. Join HGS and you will be joining, more than just a Society; you will become part of an informed and friendly network of fellow family historians.

Latest News

Tragedy off Hurst Castle

Identical reports in the Hampshire Chronicle and Hampshire Telegraph, both published on 14th February 1820, describe a tragedy that happened off Hurst Castle on Friday 5th February. 


Benefits of the Wills Beneficiary Index (WBI)

Benefits of the Wills Beneficiary Index (WBI) Wills can be a wonderful source of information for family historians. The WBI, centred on Hampshire, contains the names of people that have been extracted by volunteers from many of the wills that are held in the HRO.


Poor Law Union Gazette – 2

Another interesting entry appeared in the Poor Law Union Gazette on 25 April 1857 naming Lewis POSNER, formerly of Southampton, who the Southampton Union would like to get their hands on.


East Tisted village booklet now available

East Tisted, (VB098) is located on the A32 that runs south from Alton which is 4 miles to the north. Rotherfield Park and its associated estate is in the western part of the parish and covers 432 acres which includes 14 acres of garden and 62 acres of ornamental woodland.


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. 


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