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Portsmouth Bigamy Intrigue

Bigamy cases can be very interesting but are more intriguing when the accused is a woman. On this occasion the offending marriage took place nearly thirty years before coming to court.

Windows 8 CD Solutions

If using HGS CD with a Windows computer running Windows 8, you may experience difficulties with Autorun not working. We have advice on how to solve the problem.

Bignell Family Bible

A family bible that records an interesting sequence of events illustrating how useful these volumes are in tracing family movements.

Hampshire Children in Manchester Cotton Mill

What happened to these pauper children who were sent from Alverstoke workhouse as Manchester cotton mill apprentices ?

English man dies in Newburgh New York – 1850

The death was reported in 1850 in Portsmouth local newspaper of George Burton, an English immigrant living in New York. So, who was George Frederick Burton?

Family Tragedy in 19th Century East Tisted

See how HGS resources were used to research the EAMES family of East Tisted who were affected by a series of tragic events that began in 1810.

Punishment in Hampshire Quarter Session Courts – 1800

Criminals were often sentenced to whipping in Hampshire Quarter Sessions courts. Here are some examples from the 1800s.

Portsmouth Couple Married in India – 1899

A couple from Portsmouth married in Bombay in 1899. The announcement was in a Hampshire newspaper nearly three months later. Who were they and why were they in India?

Quarter Sessions Court Report 1817

Online newspaper articles can be a valuable research tool that when linked with HGS indexes can provide remarkable details.

National Archives Immigration Records Online

The National Archive have made available for search and download the records of thousands of C19th immigrants. HGS would be interested to hear from anyone with ancestors who migrated and settled in Hampshire.

How Wills Can Help your Family History Research

Wills are a valuable resource for family historians. See how HGS researcher Roy Montgomery used an old will to reveal new information about a Hampshire shopkeeper.

Death of Farmer Budd Hampshire – 1800

Yeoman farmer of Medstead, William Budd met an untimely death when thrown from his horse. Reported in an old Hampshire newspaper in 1800, there is a puzzle about his death and burial date.

Membership Handbook

When you Join HGS Online your Membership Handbook is sent as a link on your email confirmation. The allocation of your Membership number confirms that your application has been processed and payment verified. The HGS Constitution is contained within the handbook and may be subject to change from time to time.

Old Newspaper Articles and Research

Snippets from old newspaper articles can add interesting detail to your family history project. HGS researcher Roy Montgomery shares a story he unpicked connecting Hampshire and the Anglo Boer War.

The Internet Library of Early Journals

Researching family history means having to explore many avenues, one useful free resource is the Internet Library of Early Journals

Portsmouth (LDS) Family History Centre

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family History Centre is a useful resource for family historians.

The Curtis Museum, Alton – A Local Resource

Local history museums can be a great resource for those researching their family history. The Curtis Museum in Alton Hampshire has some interesting topic material on local places and people.

Install Adobe Acrobat Reader for PDF Files

About installing FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader on your device so that you can read PDF files.

A Hampshire Divorce in 1890

Unravel the family history behind the story of some of the characters in this Hampshire divorce case from 1890 Fareham.

Christ Church Portsdown Military Cemetery

Hampshire family historians will be interested in the military cemetery at Portsdown and its connection to the D-Day landings.

Beginners Guide to Family History

A few tips to get you started tracing your family history, as your research unfolds, you will soon evolve into an expert detective, as you follow different trails and lines of enquiry.

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Using DNA as a Tool in Family History

DNA was offered as a tool to genealogists over a decade ago. Why should family historians consider having a test done and how might it further Hampshire family history research?

Commonwealth War Graves Commission at Portsmouth & Southampton Memorials

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission have erected new plaques at the Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Harry Selfridge and Highcliffe Hampshire

The Selfridge family had a very interesting connection to the county of Hampshire that family historians will find intriguing.

A Hampshire Picture Mystery

Hampshire family history society, the HGS, would like help in tracking down the whereabouts of a picture, painted at the turn of the C20th of Middle Farm Havant.

The Hampshire Rose – Origins

Just what is the origin of the Hampshire Rose – many theories abound, from the time of King Arthur’s round table to a link with Lancaster.

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Please read and check the way your information will be used and ensure that you are aware of the uses of your information that will be retained for and stored by HGS. Your data and privacy is important to us please read and be aware of this policy before using this site and/or submitting any personal data, use of this site will be deemed as acceptance of this policy….

Wills and an Explanation of Probate Courts

A Short Guide to Wills and an explanation of the Probate Courts. Wills are a good starting place for family historians who are looking to fill out their family tree with more personal detail.

Brookwood Cemetery Tour

Fleet and Farnborough family history group, organized a visit to Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey, at one time the largest cemetery in the world.

Latest News

Latest Village Booklet – No 91 Cliddesden – is available now

Cliddesden (VB091) is a comprehensive study of the history of this rural Hampshire village and the parish of St Leonard. It is located two miles south of Basingstoke and west of the A339. The original parish had a detached part at Hatch which is now part of Basingstoke and north of the M3. The Basingstoke […]


Latest Village Booklet – No 90 Shalden – is available now

Village Booklet – No. 90 Shalden – available now. The latest in our range of village booklets is now available to purchase online through our shop or by post from the Sales Office. Shalden is a comprehensive study of the history of this rural Hampshire village and the parish of St Peter and St Paul. […]


The Hampshire Family Historian Volume 43 No.3 – March 2017

The latest Edition of the Hampshire Family Historian is now available for download in the Members’ . Articles include: Lost at Sea by Roy Montgomery, Knights of the Meon Valley by Jerry Sparkes andRoyalty in the Forest (Part II) by Richard Smith PLUS: Members Interests, Research Room, Around the Groups, Book Reviews and Your Letters


Odiham School Teacher

Teacher at a private school in Odiham around 1900 Ellen Valentine James HGS member Peter GODWIN’s Great Aunt was Ellen Valentine JAMES. She was the youngest of three sisters and was born on St. Valentine’s Day 14 February 1869 in Notting Hill.  Her parents were Henry George JAMES who had married Ellen MOREY in the […]


Inquest verdict of Visitation of God

Term used in a coroner’s verdict to explain an unexplained death Hampshire inquests The Hampshire coroner’s records were all destroyed which means that no official records exist. The best remaining source is from local newspaper reports though not every inquest and verdict was reported.  When reported the content varied from very brief to quite detailed.  Examples of […]


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