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HGS Helping You Explore and Research Your Family History

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


In pursuit of these objectives 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transcribed, published and made accessible in various formats, a large catalogue of Family History Records, data and historical documents relating to the County of Hampshire.

The Society provides research facilities at its Centre in Cosham and is able to advise, guide and assist those wishing to further their research. The range of Society publications and data CDs is available from the Research Centre, through our website, and attendance at a number of Family History events throughout the year.

With a worldwide membership the Society holds lectures, visits, meetings and discussions at  monthly group meetings across the county.

Whether your family connections are within Hampshire or outside its borders, as a beginner or an expert, you will receive a warm welcome. Join HGS and you will gain access to an informed and friendly network of fellow family historians.

Latest News

Ken Smallbone 1946 – 2017

Ken Smallbone 1946 – 2017 The HGS Executive Committee are sad to report the death of our former Chairman and Editor Ken Smallbone who passed away at St Michael’s Hospice Basingstoke on 13 December 2017. Ken joined HGS many years ago and was a very active, involved and enthusiastic member contributing in many ways to […]

Ringwood Community Centre Annual Quiz

Paul Pinhorne, Mary Baldwin and Michael Jenkinson, members of the HGS Ringwood Group took part in the Ringwood Community Centre Annual Quiz last month. The team has won their first match 28-6 against the Anglo-Italian Society. They go through to the final night on 26th March. Can they improve on their runner-up position from last […]

Why Go to a HGS Group Meeting?

So why would you want to get up out of your armchair and drag yourself away from your computer to attend a HGS meeting …? There are 13 HGS groups which currently meet monthly at venues around the county: Afternoon Group / Alton / Andover / Basingstoke / Fair Oak / Fareham / Fleet & Farnborough / Gosport / New Milton & […]

Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum

Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum In the 1840s there was a legal requirement for every county to have its own asylum, the result being that Hampshire purchased the land at Knowle Farm near Fareham in order to construct the Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum.

Don’t Always Believe It

Don’t Always Believe It The tendency is to accept what appears in official documents as being correct. As usual there are always exceptions to the rules and in genealogy there can be quite a few.

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