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transcribed, published and made accessible in various formats, a large catalogue of Family History Records, data and historical documents relating to the County of Hampshire.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


“Lost” an Ancestor before 1837

Have you an ancestor you cannot find before 1837? Have you thought that they may be non-conformists? Ancestry have scanned the non-conformist registers handed to the authorities in 1837.


Latest HGS eJournal Download

For HGS members who receive the eJournal format of the Hampshire Family Historian, the September 2016 edition is now available for download. This issue contains important AGM attendance information and a membership renewal insert.


Death Notices in Old Hampshire Newspapers

Death notices in old Hampshire newspapers can reveal useful information about the deceased. Among the deaths listed in the Hampshire Advertiser of 22 December 1855 were several interesting announcements of deaths home and abroad. Combine the details with information from HGS parish indexes and a personal story emerges.


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