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Hampshire Genealogical Society

Year: 2020

Always check the original record!

October 14, 2020

If there’s one tip you should definitely take on board, it is this one… Indexes and transcriptions can be wonderful at directing you to the source record but you should always confirm the information by viewing the original for yourself. This is because transcriptions are sometimes incorrect; nor do they always include every detail. Parish […] – read more…

New historical maps available

October 11, 2020

We’ve recently added 21 new products to our series of ‘Alan Godfrey Historical Maps’. See the whole collection at our online shop at https://www.hgs-familyhistory.com/shop/historical-maps These black and white reproductions of old Ordnance Survey maps are an invaluable resource for family historians.  They show towns and villages in detail, with individual buildings marked, as well as […] – read more…

Researching Merchant Seamen

October 6, 2020

The British have always had a reputation as a seafaring nation. This is unsurprising when you consider that in Britain it is impossible to be more than 60-70 miles from the sea, a distance that would have taken some of our ancestors no more than a couple of days to walk. During the British Empire, […] – read more…

Memorial / monumental inscriptions

October 2, 2020

When you are searching for the burial record of your ancestor, unlike the birth, marriage and death records, they are not recorded in any central database. You may find some information in the parish records, but graves can sometimes be difficult to find, so here are some hints and tips to help you locate them. […] – read more…

War memorials

October 2, 2020

If your ancestors served in, but didn’t survive, World War I or World War II, their names may appear on a war memorial in the area where they lived. A Google search may reveal if there is a war memorial in their home town or village. Some villages and towns traced the names on the […] – read more…

2020 AGM – Saturday 10th October

September 29, 2020

Login required This year’s AGM will take place at at 11.30 am Saturday 10th October  using Zoom videoconferencing.  It should last about 45 minutes. Details of the 2020 AGM are in the September Journal and on this website in the members’ area. Anyone wishing to attend must email secretary@hgs-online.org.uk for a login to the meeting. We […] – read more…

Notice of the 2020 AGM

September 9, 2020

The Hampshire Genealogical Society – Annual General Meeting NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 46th Annual General Meeting of HGS will be held by Zoom videoconference at 11.30 am on Saturday 10th October 2020 to transact the following business. 1. Minutes of the previous meeting To be agreed and matters arising 2. Reports and Accounts […] – read more…

Over 50,000 Hampshire records added to Findmypast

August 12, 2020

The Findmypast collection of Hampshire records is growing with the addition of over 50,000 records for various parishes in the north east of the county. These records have been released in conjunction with Surrey County Council. Parish records pre-date the introduction of civil registration in 1837 and are a vital source of information. Details of […] – read more…

Hampshire Archives and Local Studies has re-opened!

July 25, 2020

We are very pleased to let you know that we have been able to re-open this week following the prolonged lockdown period.  This is ahead of most, though not all, archive services across the country. Our new arrangements are quite different due to new distancing, hygiene and quarantining requirements, as might be expected. Please note […] – read more…

Ancestry DNA matches to be removed?

July 16, 2020

ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! It seems that AncestryDNA will be making changes meaning that 1000s of people who currently appear as DNA matches will disappear, as soon as 1st August (exact date not known). This is being reported from various sources, who attended a conference call with Ancestry. There are ways to keep some of these […] – read more…

HGS and Videoconferencing

June 9, 2020

Although there has been some relaxing of the lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic in the UK, we are still not allowed to meet in large numbers. In March, we advised groups that they should cancel all meetings until July at the earliest. Who knows when this will change? As you are probably aware, over […] – read more…

Free copies of historical wills from TNA

May 29, 2020

The National Archives (TNA) at Kew is currently closed to the public. While this continues, it is allowing people to download up to 50 digitised items per 30-day period free of charge. Usually the price is £3.50 per will. Only 10 items can be downloaded at a time, but when you have done so you […] – read more…

Hampshire Rural Churches Appeal

May 10, 2020

There is an HGS project of producing a DVD/memory stick for sale in the future containing photographs and details of Hampshire rural churches for sale by the HGS. The idea is to contain as many photos of the churches as possible so if any members would like to send copies of their own church photos […] – read more…

Fair Oak Group helps celebrate a birthday

May 7, 2020

On Tuesday 10 March, Fair Oak Group were joined by the HGS Secretary, Gwen Newland, and Bookstall Manager, Elaine Boyes, who have been visiting all the Society’s groups to demonstrate the revamped website. The only date available was the slot scheduled for a members’ evening … and the only problem was that this is Elaine’s […] – read more…

Online VE Day event

May 4, 2020

Wessex Film and Sound Archive / Hampshire Archives and LocalStudies VE Day online event. We hope you are keeping safe and well during the current situation, and have enjoyed 100 Days of Film and our social media posts. In common with many organisations, we are moving our planned VE / VJ Day event online, with […] – read more…

Spanish Flu: 1918-1920

May 4, 2020

I have been inspired to share this story now because, at the time of writing, the world is in the grips of another pandemic: Coronavirus (Covid 19). In UK, we are in lock-down and there seems to be no end anytime soon. The fact that much of the world was suffering from similar circumstances a […] – read more…

More research tips – ‘Brick walls’

April 30, 2020

1. When searching online, remember that ‘less is more’ try to enter as few details as possible on the search screen try different combinations of name, age and birthplace try searching using just the first name or just the surname 2. Try using wild cards to find those difficult names * stands for any number […] – read more…

Conference cancellation

April 30, 2020

Due to the continued uncertainty of the ‘Lockdown’ in the UK caused by the Covid-19 crisis, we wish to announce that the proposed 2020 Conference Day has been cancelled. I can confirm that the 2021 Conference Day (including AGM) will take place on Saturday 12th June 2021. Monies received for 2020 tickets already booked will be […] – read more…

Free National Archive downloads

April 24, 2020

In normal times, The National Archives at Kew is a great day out for Genealogists. It can be a bit daunting at first because of its size, but it is wonderful to go there and look at old documents that in some cases go back one thousand years. It is amazing to find an ancestor […] – read more…

Request for articles

April 17, 2020

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS?   Here in the UK, as is the case in other countries where we have HGS members, many of us have been in a state of ‘Lockdown’ for a number of weeks. So what have you been doing during this time? Have you used this as […] – read more…

Ancestor not found in a census

April 17, 2020

A frequent ‘brick wall’ question is “Why can’t I find my ancestor on the night of the census?”   Here’s a few things to consider…. The surname is completely different e.g. widow had remarried; children from her first marriage are under her new husband’s surname. Ages and birth places can be variable between censuses. Relationships […] – read more…

Tips for Research – Dates

April 17, 2020

You may find this information helpful in your research: 1. Regnal Years Regnal years are calculated from the date that a monarch ascends the throne; some documents will show this rather than the actual year. An example is Victoria ascended the throne on 20 June 1837. A document dated 20 October Vic 30 would equate […] – read more…

Research tips

April 15, 2020

Are you just beginning to research your Family History? Not a beginner? You may find some reminders useful! Look at these tips for researching: Start your family tree with the information you know. Add yourself and all the relatives whose names you know to your tree, and add any birthdays and other life facts you […] – read more…

HGS Conference Day 2020

April 15, 2020

Saturday 13th June NOTE:  Because of the Covid-19 pandemic the 2020 HGS AGM/Conference may be postponed – new date to be advised as soon possible.  Macdonald Botley Park Hotel Winchester Road, Boorley Green Southampton, SO32 2UA Featuring Genealogy Experts and talks from guest speakers Open to all – Members, Friends and Family with a passion […] – read more…

Notice about online sales

April 14, 2020

Following discussions at HGS, here is the Coronavirus update regarding the effect on sales of CDs and hard copies of the Village Booklets.  Email attachments are obviously unaffected. Impact on sales orders from HGS during the global COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic Although the HGS Research Centre is closed, HGS is open for business as usual for […] – read more…

Profitable links to Find My Past for HGS

March 23, 2020

Do you want to help HGS generate income? Those HGS members, who have access to Find My Past, will be aware that the HGS have published many of our Baptism, Marriage and Burial records on Find My Past. These were transcribed by our volunteers from the actual parish registers and have been available on CDs […] – read more…

Coronavirus safeguards

March 17, 2020

With the rapidly developing and unpredictable situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19), we regret to announce the closure of the Research Centre and Sales office from 1.00 pm on Wednesday 18th March until further notice.  Clearly, this is to safeguard all HGS volunteers and visitors. We have also asked the many local Group Organisers to cancel all […] – read more…

Burghclere village booklet now available

February 10, 2020

Burghclere, (VB106) is a long, narrow parish just south of the Berkshire border and east of the A34 road between Newbury and Winchester with Newbury 5 miles to the north. Rather unique are the two churches in the parish, the old 12th Century church was dedicated to All Saints whilst the new replacement built in […] – read more…

Andover Group Celebrates

January 17, 2020

At their January meeting, Andover Group devoted part of the evening to celebrating! First, by thanking Brenda for her many years as Speaker Secretary ensuring they have top-notch talks. Then, by marking the 90th Birthday of long-term member, Connie, who is Andover area born and bred and continues to contribute actively to our group. Two […] – read more…

Hampshire Archives Trust – Community Archive Forum

January 14, 2020

CALLING ALL LOCAL HISTORY ENTHUSIASTS Community Archive Forum IT’S FREE, IT’S FUN, IT’S UNMISSABLE   Saturday, 21 March 2020, Winchester: 9.45 to 1.00 – read more…

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