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A New Partnership for HGS

A NEW PARTNERSHIP FOR HGS HGS are delighted to announce a new partnership with well-known Genealogy company ‘The Genealogist’ (S& N). All the remaining data from our parish register transcripts for Hampshire, will now be online with The Genealogist (S & N) and FHS-online.   FHS-online has been developed together with S & N to […]

New Membership Secretary

New Membership Secretary We are delighted to announce that we have a new Membership Secretary – Margaret Bowman. Margaret will be ably assisted by her husband John and can be contacted through the website or directly at membership@hgs-online.org.uk

Hampshire Centenarian

Hampshire Centenarian.   Born in Meonstoke in 1916 and shortly to celebrate her 100th birthday   Edith Cavell SMITH Edith a twin was born on 17 November 1916 in Meonstoke and was baptized there in St Andrew’s church on 14 January 1917.  Her twin brother was Lloyd George.  They were named after the WWI nurse Edith […]

Harmony Hall later Queenwood College

Harmony Hall later Queenwood College Two unique educational establishments in East Tytherley Harmony Hall In 1839 Sir Francis GOLDSMID leased land at East Tytherley to socialist reformer Robert OWEN.  His aim was to create a pioneering project in community living.  The house he built could accommodate 700 but never reached this number. Harmony Hall was one […]

Uncle Tom of Portsmouth

Uncle Tom of Portsmouth Looking through old bits and pieces can prove rewarding  Gordon Brine Many older HGS members will remember my husband Gordon BRINE who unfortunately died on 8 May 2007. As often happens at these times documents, photos and other memorabilia get put away.  These tend to become forgotten over the years.  Sorting […]

Fordingbridge Rabies Death

Fordingbridge boy dies from rabies The Hampshire Telegraph published on 17 July 1826 reported the death of James HASKEL.  On 18 June he was attacked by a rabid dog.  The bites around the face were so severe that treatment was difficult.  At that time treatment for rabies was very limited. The surgeon Mr. BUDD from Fordingbridge […]

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.

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HGS OPEN DAY 2017 – Sunday 8th October 10:00 – 16:00

Times for speakers now available to help you plan your day. Full details of this event, including speakers, stall holders, location, directions, etc., can be found under News & Events, then HGS Events or by clicking this link: https://www.hgs-familyhistory.com/list-family-history-articles/hgs-events/


Research Centre

Research Centre revised opening   Due to unforeseen circumstances and for the foreseeable future the Research Centre will only be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-30 to 12-30 and again from 1-30 to 4-30.  Please continue sending in queries by letter and email as these will still be looked at and answered as normal.  Should the […]


HGS OPEN DAY 2017 – Sunday 8th October

FREE ADMISSION – FREE TALKS – OPEN TO ALL Join us on Sunday 8th October 2017  10:00 – 16:00 The theme of the HGS Open Day is “Spotlight on WWII – Britain at Home”. Full details of this event, including speakers, stall holders, location, directions, etc., can be found under News & Events, then HGS Events […]


Got a few spare minutes?

If you have a few spare minutes then why not browse through some of the items added to the site over previous years.  Many of these cover Hampshire stories, people, places and items of interest.  Scroll down to Archives, select a year and then browse through all the items and maybe find something of interest.   […]


Latest village booklet – No 93 Longparish now available

Longparish (VB093) is a large parish consisting of the hamlets of East Aston, Longparish, Middleton and Forton located along the B3048 on the north-west bank of the River Test. Whitchurch is 3 miles to the north-east.  About half of the parish is farmed with extensive woodland areas, mainly Harewood Forest, in the west.  Considerable use […]


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