Ken Smallbone 1946 – 2017
The HGS Executive Committee are sad to report the death of our former Chairman and Editor Ken Smallbone who passed away at St Michael’s Hospice Basingstoke on 13 December 2017.
Ken joined HGS many years ago and was a very active, involved and enthusiastic member contributing in many ways to the success of the Society. He held several positions in HGS, as Chairman for a year in 2012, helping the Society through difficult times as it moved into a more technical era with the development of the Society’s website.
He was Editor of the HGS Journal for five years, a role to which he was extremely well suited and very much enjoyed. He was a stickler for correct grammar, spelling and punctuation – little missed his eagle eye! Ken also contributed many informative and wide-ranging articles to the Journal, reaching both beginners and the more advanced researchers.
He gave freely of his time to support HGS events and regularly helped on the Bookstall where he would spend the day giving research advice to bookstall visitors as well as helping with the sales.
Ken gave talks to the HGS local groups around the county on various subjects – he was particularly expert on medieval history and the interpretation and use of manorial records in family history research. History and historical research was his lifelong passion. Over the last six years, he rarely missed a meeting at his local Basingstoke Group, giving both full meeting talks and short presentations. The Group’s greatest attendances were for his talks and there cannot be many who have not benefited from his vast knowledge. Ken was always happy to talk with members and help with their research. His advice could be trusted and he had an astounding memory. He was a very popular member and will be particularly missed by the Basingstoke Group.
Ken was a family history researcher for 45 years and ran his own genealogy research business ‘The Changing Seasons‘ for a number of years. As a member of AGRA (the Association of Genealogists and Record Agents) he undertook professional research for many people. He was also a published author having written several genealogical books: The History of the Manor of Manydown, Vols 1 and 2; James Potter, Quaker, A record of Dissent in the 17th and 18th Century and Those were the days, The History and Descendants of John and Ann Smallbone. His last book published just last year with the now poignant title Gone but Not Forgotten tells of Basingstoke pubs and inns now long gone. He regularly contributed articles to various genealogical, historical and local magazines and such was his passion, he was still writing just a few days before he passed away.
A good friend to many, Ken always took time to talk with people. He also very much enjoyed travelling and enjoyed swapping stories about his trips.
Ken made a huge contribution to HGS in his various roles and with his knowledge and expertise. It was a great pleasure to have known him and there is no doubt that he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Ken Smallbone 1946 – 2017
Ken Smallbone 1946 – 2017 The HGS Executive Committee are sad to report the death of our former Chairman and Editor Ken Smallbone who passed away at St Michael’s Hospice Basingstoke on 13 December 2017. Ken joined HGS many years ago and was a very active, involved and enthusiastic member contributing in many ways to […]
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