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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transcribed, published and made accessible in various formats, a large catalogue of Family History Records, Data and Historical Documents relating to the County of Hampshire.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

RIP Private Herbert Frank French

Herbert Frank FRENCH was born on 21st April 1884 at 11 Hyde Close in Winchester, the illegitimate son of Emily. On 18th January 1908 he married Sarah Ann (Annie) BIGNELL in Meonstoke and then settled in the village to raise their daughters Emily and Ivy. Herbert was initially in the Territorial Army then when WWI […]


Can you help

 We have recently been passed a copy of a photograph with a request for more information, maybe the location or the purpose. A comment with the photo says that the men were in training but didn’t say what for. 


Bigamy in 1820

The Hampshire Chronicle printed on 5th June 1820 carried a brief article on page 4 referring to three prisoners who had been committed to the County Gaol.  One of the prisoners had been accused of bigamy but whereas most bigamists were men this was a woman.


Kingston Cemetery CD

KINGSTON CEMETERY CD   HGS are very pleased to announce that a new CD is now available to buy for Kingston Cemetery, Portsmouth.  The CD costs £10.00 and is available from our Research Centre in Cosham.  It can be purchased in person, by post, through the sales section of our website or through our Bookstall.


RIP Gunner William Talmage

RIP Gunner William Talmage William TALMAGE was born in 1884 in Ramsbury, Wiltshire, and married Ellen Maria KNIGHT in Medstead in 1910.  They had a butcher’s business in West Horsley, Surrey, but when the First World War started William was one of the many who volunteered and joined the Army.


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