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Abbreviation Meaning
AGRA Association of Genealogists & Researchers in Archives
BMD Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates
CE Church of England
CRO County Record Office
FFHS Federation of Family History Societies
FHS Family History Society. A county based organisation set up to promote the research of Family History and Genealogy.
FHS’s Family History Societies, see FHS above.
GEDCOM Genealogical Data Communication. A standard file format for transfer of genealogical data from one computer package to another.
GENfair GENealogical Fair
GENUKI Genealogy for UK and Ireland. Found at
GIF Graphics Interchange Format. Computer file format.
GRO A visit to the General Register Office website will allow you to search BMD indexes, together with information on adoptions and civil partnerships.
HFH Hampshire Family Historian – the name of the quarterly journal published by the HGS.
HGS Hampshire Genealogical Society
IGI International Genealogical Index
JPEG, JPG Joint Photographic Experts Group. A computer file format well suited to storing scanned images of photographs.
Kew Public Record Office located at Kew, London, England
LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Also known as “The Mormon’s”. Their web-site is located at
MI Monumental Inscriptions, Members Interests.
ONS Office for National Statistics. See FRC above.
OS Ordnance Survey
PAF Personal Ancestral File. An excellent computer package produced by the LDS available as a free download from: Now at version 5.
PRO (now TNA) Public Record Office (Now ‘The National Archives’)
RC Roman Catholic
RO Record Office
SA Seventh Day Adventist
SAE Self Addressed Envelope
SSAE A Stamped Self-addressed Envelope (With enough postage stamps to cover the anticipated return of a query to your country, bearing in mind that heavier packages can cost a lot more than you may first imagine. Please check with your local postal office for further details.)
SOG Society of Genealogists
TNA All census returns and wills can be found through The National Archives website.
WEA Workers Educational Association

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Home Guard Names in the Hampshire Record Office

Home Guard Names in the Hampshire Record Office   Did anyone in your family serve in the Home Guard during WWII?   They may be included in the number of members in the Hampshire Home Guard who have been mentioned in the HRO catalogue and either appear in documents and photographs.

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 […]

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