So why would you want to get up out of your armchair and drag yourself away from your computer to attend a HGS meeting …?
There are 13 HGS groups which currently meet monthly at venues around the county:
Afternoon Group / Alton / Andover / Basingstoke / Fair Oak / Fareham / Fleet & Farnborough / Gosport / New Milton & Christchurch / Portsmouth / Ringwood / Romsey and Southampton
The meeting programme varies from group to group but most will involve guest speakers for some meetings and members’ evenings for others, with occasional walks or trips out.
Subjects for talks in 2018 include family history orientated topics, such as ‘Tracing My German Ancestors’, or local history, such as ‘The Story of Itchen Ferry Village’ and social history such as ‘The Rise of the Railway’.
HGS doesn’t charge an entry fee and non-members are welcome to attend (although once someone has attended three times, the Group Organiser will probably start to encourage him/her to become a member!).
The real benefit of attending a group meeting is the opportunity to talk to like-minded individuals about your addictive/time-consuming/labour-intensive/frustrating/rewarding hobby! Attendees are a mix of virtual beginners, experts and everything in between.
If you currently have a genealogical problem – or ‘brick wall’ as they tend to be called in family history circles – the chances are that someone else has already had that problem, been there and got the t-shirt!
Within the Society there are people who may not be experts in every aspect of family history research, but may have their own areas of interest about which they have a wealth of knowledge, such as railways, gamekeepers or researching in particular areas/countries, eg Scotland, Jersey or Italy. There may be people who are fluent in a foreign language and could help with translating a French will or Dutch death certificate. Or your fellow group members may know someone else who could help.
Why not give it a go? If you’re not sure where to park, or are a little shy and don’t like the idea of walking into a room full of people whom you think will already know each other, please contact the Group Organiser (contact details are on the area group pages of the website).
You also don’t have to ‘join’ any particular group. Most people form an attachment to one group, often the closest to where they live, but many attend more than one or travel around if there is a particular speaker or topic they want to hear.
Some groups even rustle up a cup of tea for the princely sum of 25p or less! What have you got to lose, other than a couple of hours of your time …?
Changes at the Ringwood Group
New Group Organiser at Ringwood After 15 years, Paul Pinhorne is stepping down from leading the Ringwood Group to concentrate on his recent appointment as Chairman of the Hampshire Genealogical Society.
Tragedy off Hurst Castle
Identical reports in the Hampshire Chronicle and Hampshire Telegraph, both published on 14th February 1820, describe a tragedy that happened off Hurst Castle on Friday 5th February.
Benefits of the Wills Beneficiary Index (WBI)
Benefits of the Wills Beneficiary Index (WBI) Wills can be a wonderful source of information for family historians. The WBI, centred on Hampshire, contains the names of people that have been extracted by volunteers from many of the wills that are held in the HRO.
Poor Law Union Gazette – 2
Another interesting entry appeared in the Poor Law Union Gazette on 25 April 1857 naming Lewis POSNER, formerly of Southampton, who the Southampton Union would like to get their hands on.
East Tisted village booklet now available
East Tisted, (VB098) is located on the A32 that runs south from Alton which is 4 miles to the north. Rotherfield Park and its associated estate is in the western part of the parish and covers 432 acres which includes 14 acres of garden and 62 acres of ornamental woodland.