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We are delighted to announce that, as a result of new volunteers coming forward the Research Centre in Cosham will open on Wednesday mornings once again.

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transcribed, published and made accessible in various formats, a large catalogue of Family History Records, Data and Historical Documents relating to the County of Hampshire.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

Discord in Marriage

Interesting little snippets from some of the old newspapers include brief advertisements where husbands have declared that they will not be responsible for their wife’s debts. One item from James LINDSAY appeared in the Hampshire Chronicle printed on 4th September 1820. He said that he would not be answerable for any debts incurred by his […]


HGS on Radio Solent

On Friday 1st February, Radio Solent broadcasted their Sasha Twining Show from the Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole. Along with two other experts, HGS Chairman and Ringwood Group member Paul Pinhorne, along with Pat and George Hilbert, also from the Ringwood Group were there to help people with their family history research. Many interesting questions […]


Winchfield village booklet now available

Winchfield, (VB101) is located midway between Farnborough and Basingstoke with the A30 forming part of the northern parish boundary. The B3016 crosses the parish from south to north. The Basingstoke Canal forms part of the southern border, the London to Southampton railway crosses the parish and recently the M3 follows the same route. There is […]


Old Alresford village booklet now available

Old Alresford, (VB100) is located midway between Alton and Winchester just north of New Alresford which is on the A31. Alresford Pond is a large lake created in the 12th Century at the head of the River Arle, a tributary of the River Itchen. Several water mills have existed along the river with the restored […]


Knowle War Memorial

Knowle Hospital was open in 1852 as the Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum. The asylum was renamed Knowle Mental Hospital in c.1923 and following the 1948 introduction of the National Health Service Act, became Knowle Hospital. At the beginning of the 20th century, Knowle Hospital was home to over 1000 patients and staff and was a self […]


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