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Closure of the New Forest Group

HGS Group News It is with much regret that we announce the closure of our New Forest Group. The New Forest Group was established in June 1980 by HGS member Jacqueline Stone. At that time the HGS had four other groups, Portsmouth, Southampton, Yateley and Bembridge, Isle of Wight. The new group held it’s first […]

Data CDs

From 1 January 2018 Hampshire Genealogical Society will not charge VAT on sales of its data CDs. VAT  will still continue to be charged, at the appropriate rate, on the sale of village booklets via the download option.

A poignant remembrance….

A poignant remembrance…. Whilst sorting through some old books from my parent’s house, a newspaper cutting fell out.  The cutting was undated but by using the British Newspaper Archive I have determined that it dates from the First World War when my grandfather William Guy CLARK had lost his brother Frederick Charles CLARK, serving in […]

Latest village booklet – No 94 Twyford now available

Twyford (VB094) is a largish parish just south of Winchester on the B3338 and east from bank of the River Itchen. Winchester is 3 miles to the north.  The M3 crosses the north-west part of the parish cutting through Twyford Down.  The original name meant two fords that crossed the River Itchen where over the […]

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 […]

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 […]

HGS Ringwood Open Mornings

Discovering Skeletons in Family History Finding skeletons in the cupboard is one of the delights of family history! Genealogy, as it is more correctly called, is one of the most popular hobbies and Hampshire Genealogical Society is holding Open Mornings at the Ringwood Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Ringwood from Monday 10th July through to […]

Hardship Cases in a Portsmouth Court – Correction

  HGS member David Hall has kindly pointed out an error in the original post I added to the website in October 2014. I had incorrectly stated that William Jeremiah ATRILL married Elizabeth GRIFFITHS on 2 July 1808.  These details are correct but the William in the court case was a labourer who married Elizabeth THOMPSON in Alverstoke […]

Latest Village Booklet – No 92 Bramdean – is available now

Bramdean (VB092) is a comprehensive study of the history of this rural Hampshire village and the parish of St Simon and St Jude, along with the tin church on Bramdean Common originally built for the travelling community. It is located nine miles east of Winchester and four miles south-east of Alresford on the A272.  A […]

Were you a Beverley Babe?

Beverley Babes The Royal Naval and Royal Marine Maternity Home As Britain prepared for the possibility of going to war with Germany, the Southsea based Royal Naval and Royal Marine Maternity Home, known as Bowland, made plans to evacuate their premises, with patients and staff to be taken to Beverley House, Wickham. On the 1st […]

MEMORIAL INSCRIPTION CORRECTIONS

MEMORIAL INSCRIPTION CORRECTIONS Two errors in the HGS Memorial Inscriptions for Longparish and Southampton Hill Lane Cemetery have recently been found. The one in Longparish is on a memorial inside the church, number 162 in our index, where it gives the dates for William Arthur DURNFORD as being 1653 – 1940.  William was obviously not […]

Will of John Biggnall of Kingston

Can an early will help with family trees John Biggnall The early registers for both Portsmouth parishes have disappeared. Later 17 Century registers are not always complete.  Trying to trace early families on Portsea Island can be difficult but early wills may help.  John BIGGNALL of Kingston wrote his will on 8 February 1684/5 and […]

HGS Ringwood team runners-up in local quiz

Ringwood Community Centre Annual Quiz Several members of the HGS Ringwood Group recently took part in the Ringwood Community Centre Annual Quiz. The team over the 2 nights consisted of Paul Pinhorne, Mary Baldwin, Michael Jenkinson and George Hilbert. The team won their first 2 matches to go through to the final, but were unable […]

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 45 No.1 – June 2017

The latest edition of the Hampshire Family Historian is now available in the Members’ Area. Look out for the final part of ‘Royalty in the Forest’ by Richard Smith and another great article by Roy Montgomery ‘Learning a Lesson’. PLUS as usual: Members Interests, Research Room, Around the Groups, Book Reviews and Your Letters If you are […]

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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RIP Private Herbert Frank French

Herbert Frank FRENCH was born on 21st April 1884 at 11 Hyde Close in Winchester, the illegitimate son of Emily. On 18th January 1908 he married Sarah Ann (Annie) BIGNELL in Meonstoke and then settled in the village to raise their daughters Emily and Ivy. Herbert was initially in the Territorial Army then when WWI […]


Can you help

 We have recently been passed a copy of a photograph with a request for more information, maybe the location or the purpose. A comment with the photo says that the men were in training but didn’t say what for. 


Bigamy in 1820

The Hampshire Chronicle printed on 5th June 1820 carried a brief article on page 4 referring to three prisoners who had been committed to the County Gaol.  One of the prisoners had been accused of bigamy but whereas most bigamists were men this was a woman.


Kingston Cemetery CD

KINGSTON CEMETERY CD   HGS are very pleased to announce that a new CD is now available to buy for Kingston Cemetery, Portsmouth.  The CD costs £10.00 and is available from our Research Centre in Cosham.  It can be purchased in person, by post, through the sales section of our website or through our Bookstall.


RIP Gunner William Talmage

RIP Gunner William Talmage William TALMAGE was born in 1884 in Ramsbury, Wiltshire, and married Ellen Maria KNIGHT in Medstead in 1910.  They had a butcher’s business in West Horsley, Surrey, but when the First World War started William was one of the many who volunteered and joined the Army.


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