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transcribed, published and made accessible in various formats, a large catalogue of Family History Records, Data and Historical Documents relating to the County of Hampshire.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.
Changes at the Ringwood Group
New Group Organiser at Ringwood After 15 years, Paul Pinhorne is stepping down from leading the Ringwood Group to concentrate on his recent appointment as Chairman of the Hampshire Genealogical Society.
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.