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Hampshire Genealogical Society

Author: Richard Backhouse

Hampshire probate records now on Ancestry

December 5, 2022

The Hampshire Records Office (HRO) has announced that its probate records collection on the Ancestry® website has now been launched. Probate records are official court documents concerning the settlement of a person’s estate after they die. The most important of these is usually a will, which lists the deceased’s property and outlines who it has […] – read more…

URGENT – Minute Taker required

November 21, 2022

The Hampshire Genealogical Society requires your help. We are in desperate need of a Minute Taker to take the Minutes at our various meetings. As Minute Taker you will work with the Chairman to produce the agendas. The role will require you attend 6 Executive Committee meetings and currently 3 Development Forum meetings. A copy of […] – read more…

URGENT – Secretary required

November 21, 2022

The Hampshire Genealogical Society requires your help. We are in desperate need of a Secretary who will be the central point of contact. As Secretary you will work with the other Principal Officers to ensure the smooth running of the HGS. The role will require you to liaise with the many other role holders and deal with […] – read more…

New exhibition – The Valerie Bacon Archive

November 8, 2022

The Valerie Bacon Archive – ‘Living with War in Emsworth’ is now on display at the Portsmouth History Centre on the third floor of the Central Library. The exhibition is drawn from her collection of diaries written during the years of the Second World War. Her diary entries were never meant to record the war […] – read more…

HRO Saturday opening 22nd October

September 29, 2022

Trial Saturday opening Hampshire Record Office are having a trial Saturday opening on SATURDAY 22nd October 2022.   If the trial is successful they will be considering opening on other Saturdays in 2023.  HGS may also be there on 22nd October if some HGS volunteers are able to attend, so if any HGS members are interested […] – read more…

HGS at Kempton Park show

September 27, 2022

Family History Show at Kempton Park Our new Bookstall Manager, Tony Sinclair, successfully led the team who attended the Family History Show at Kempton Park on 24th September 2022. It was great to meet up with all the other exhibitors from Family History Societies around the south of England and the Family History Federation. The venue […] – read more…

* ARCHIVE * BALH conference – Sat 22nd Oct in Taunton

September 24, 2022

The British Association for Local History (BALH) is thrilled to be holding our first Regional Conference in Taunton on Saturday 22nd October on ‘Unusual Sources for Local History’. This will be our first in-person-only event since the pandemic and we are hoping that lots of people will come and enjoy the talks. Perhaps more importantly […] – read more…

Gwen Newland steps down

September 24, 2022

Gwen Newland has stepped down as HGS Secretary after carrying out this role for many years. She has suffered from ill-health for some time and feels she is now unable to carry out the role as she would wish to. I thank her for all the work she has done over these past years and […] – read more…

Hampshire Archives Trust – free lectures!

September 24, 2022

Hampshire Archives Trust (HAT) is a member-led charity that works to support and promote Hampshire’s rich archival heritage – preserving memories for the future. HISTORY LECTURES BY MONTH AT GRESHAM COLLEGE – includes the short link for print:  September Weds 14, 6pm Progresses: Royal Courts on the Move in Tudor and Stuart England Professor Simon Thurley; David […] – read more…

FHF online event 11-12th November

September 24, 2022

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* ARCHIVE * Heritage Open Day on 17th September

September 23, 2022

Heritage Open Day HGS had a very successful day at the Heritage Open Day at Hampshire Record Office on 17th September. There was a steady stream of visitors to the Record Office, from all over Hampshire and further afield, and our team of volunteers managed to speak to most of them. One gentleman from Derbyshire […] – read more…

Hampshire Histbites

September 5, 2022

Whilst looking up the events at Heritage Open Days 2022, I also stubbled across The Hampshire Histbites Podcast Channel, which was launched in the summer of 2020 and has more than 60 episodes. www.winchesterheritageopendays.org/introduction-histbites I found the Episode Archives Galore presented by Barry Sherlock particularly interesting as he reviews the wealth and variety of material […] – read more…

* ARCHIVE * Heritage Open Days  9 – 18 September 2022

September 5, 2022

Heritage open days are happening all over Hampshire and the rest of the country. You can find an event near you by visiting www.heritageopendays.org.uk This year Hampshire Genealogical Society are joining with our partners at Hampshire Record Office in an event called Hampshire Archives – Bring History To Life which takes place at on Saturday […] – read more…

FMP 50% discount on 1921 census

August 27, 2022

FindMyPast are offering a 50% discount on the 1921 census of England and Wales this weekend. Offer valid until 23:59 BST on Monday 29 August. findmypast.co.uk/1921-census – read more…

Closure of two HGS groups

August 10, 2022

Due to a lack of volunteers to help run groups, unfortunately we have had to suspend the current programmes for both the Portsmouth and the New Milton & Christchurch groups. The Portsmouth group was the original HGS group formed 48 years ago, with the New Milton & Christchurch one a few years later. Should you […] – read more…

Britons Dying Overseas (BDO) update

August 1, 2022

Rescanning of the original BDO index cards started in May of this year with the first phase of transcription starting later that month. This first phase, a verbatim transcription of the scanned card content on to XL spreadsheets, is progressing satisfactorily with approximately 4,500 cards transcribed by mid-July. The transcription team involved in this work […] – read more…

* ARCHIVE * HGS conference 18th June 2022

May 6, 2022

SAVE THE DATE! HGS Conference & AGM – Saturday 18th June 2022 We’re delighted to announce that, next year, we are planning to hold our Conference Day & AGM live at the Macdonald Botley Park Hotel, Boorley Green, Hampshire. Make a note in your diary so you don’t miss out! Log in to the Members’ […] – read more…

Booking for the HGS Annual Conference Day

April 13, 2022

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear three great talks, network with friends and new acquaintances and browse our bookstall at the HGS Annual Conference Day on Saturday 18th June 2022 Our Annual Conference will be held at The Macdonald Botley Park Hotel, Winchester Road, Boorley Green, Southampton, SO32 2UA from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm. […] – read more…

Hampshire Chronicle article about HGS at HRO

April 1, 2022

Read an article published in the Hampshire Chronicle on 3rd March 2022 about the HGS collaboration with HRO “Family History has never been so easy.” A walk-in enquiry and support service in Winchester and other important new developments offer family historians a first-class service, writes Barry Shurlock  Read the full page article as published HERE. – read more…

HGS Conference Day 2022 (including the 48th AGM)

March 1, 2022

Saturday 18th June 2022 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 for family history Tickets – £15.00 Programme 9.30 – 10.00          Registration Tea, Coffee and Light Refreshments available upon arrival.  10.00 […] – read more…

John Heighes

February 21, 2022

Hampshire Genealogical Society New Milton and Christchurch Branch It was with great sadness that we heard John Heighes had passed away last week. It is a great loss for his wife, Janet, and their daughters and families. Our thoughts are with them. John had been the leader of the New Milton and Christchurch Branch for […] – read more…

1921 Census – Watch the video now!

February 4, 2022

Members can now watch our recording of FindMyPast’s presentation “Introducing the 1921 census of England & Wales” with Paul Nixon (FMP’s Content Licensing Manager). You’ll find it in the Members’ Area under Members’ Only Data    Then choose ‘Group Zoom Presentations’. If you watched it live (on 1st February), you may wish to see it […] – read more…

Quarter Sessions’ Record Index

January 27, 2022

Our Bookstall Manager, Elaine Boyes, has indexed some of the Hampshire Quarter Sessions records and they are now available in the Members’ Area of the website as well as writing an article about the records As many of you know my area of research is the Swing Riots. Since the archives opened again, and HGS […] – read more…

* ARCHIVE * HGS / HRO celebration!

December 19, 2021

On Wednesday 8th December, at Hampshire Record Office in Winchester, Record Office staff and Hampshire Genealogical Society volunteers came together to celebrate their recent partnership. To kick off the evening, Emma Noyce, Assistant Director – Culture and Information Services [Hampshire County Council]; Caroline Edwards, the previous Chief Archivist at HRO and HGS Chairman, Paul Pinhorne, […] – read more…

Ancestry® to digitise Hampshire RO archives!

December 12, 2021

County Council agreement with Ancestry® set to make 500+ years of historic records available online Anyone with Hampshire roots anywhere in the world will be able to learn more about their ancestors thanks to an agreement between Hampshire County Council and Ancestry®, a global leader in family history. Read the official announcement here. As part of […] – read more…

1921 Census Presentation! Tues 1st Feb 2022

December 4, 2021

Special Announcement Tuesday, 1st February 2022, is a date for your diary! We’re delighted and very excited to tell you that HGS shall be hosting a special Zoom presentation entitled, “Introducing the 1921 Census of England & Wales”. Paul Nixon, from FindMyPast, will be telling us all about the newly launched 1921 Census and how […] – read more…

War Horses

November 15, 2021

This is a photograph of the war horse statue in Romsey, Hampshire, where there was a Remount Depot during WW1 for the training and conditioning of horses for use in battle. In nearby Southampton, the Swaythling Depot sent horses direct to France. The Army required huge numbers of horses and thousands were requisitioned for army […] – read more…

HGS Facebook page

November 9, 2021

Our Facebook page can be found here……. https://www.facebook.com/HGSfamilyhistory We know we’re not the only Family History Society to have a Facebook page but we’re quite proud of ours! At least one item is posted every single day; sometimes more. If you ‘follow’ us, these regular posts will pop up on your own newsfeed. There are […] – read more…

* ARCHIVE * Handwriting classes in November at HRO

November 5, 2021

Do you struggle to read old handwriting – especially in wills, probate inventories and manorial documents? If so, Hampshire Records Office is offering classes to help you. There are two classes left, and we would like to encourage more bookings. read old handwriting, Book here Our events, including free onsite exhibitions, are also listed at […] – read more…

Update on HGS move

November 5, 2021

During the summer we were busily organising our move from our former location in Cosham [near Portsmouth] to Hampshire Record Office in Winchester where we have been welcomed with open arms. We ‘opened for business’ on Tuesday 3rd August and we now have a regular presence every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am till 4.00 pm. […] – read more…

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