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transcribed, published and made accessible in various formats, a large catalogue of Family History Records, data and historical documents relating to the County of Hampshire.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

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Harmony Hall later Queenwood College

Harmony Hall later Queenwood College Two unique educational establishments in East Tytherley Harmony Hall In 1839 Sir Francis GOLDSMID leased land at East Tytherley to socialist reformer Robert OWEN.  His aim was to create a pioneering project in community living.  The house he built could accommodate 700 but never reached this number. Harmony Hall was one […]

Uncle Tom of Portsmouth

Uncle Tom of Portsmouth Looking through old bits and pieces can prove rewarding  Gordon Brine Many older HGS members will remember my husband Gordon BRINE who unfortunately died on 8 May 2007. As often happens at these times documents, photos and other memorabilia get put away.  These tend to become forgotten over the years.  Sorting […]

Fordingbridge Rabies Death

Fordingbridge boy dies from rabies The Hampshire Telegraph published on 17 July 1826 reported the death of James HASKEL.  On 18 June he was attacked by a rabid dog.  The bites around the face were so severe that treatment was difficult.  At that time treatment for rabies was very limited. The surgeon Mr. BUDD from Fordingbridge […]

Help from Memorial Inscriptions

Why look at memorial inscriptions?
Often overlooked are details on memorial inscriptions. These can provide information not found elsewhere.

HGS Village booklet series

After the Reformation there was still a strong Catholic presence in the parish because in the 1560s a total of sixteen Catholics paid fines rather than attend the new church. Then in the 1725 Visitations it was stated that there were nineteen Papists in the parish as well as about fourteen Anabaptists, the latter met fortnightly in a private house.

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