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Hampshire Genealogical Society

Author: Richard Backhouse

Berkshire Heritage Fair – free online

February 13, 2024

Saturday 24th February 10am-12noon and 2-4pm IF YOU ENJOY HISTORY – FAMILY – SOCIAL – LOCAL- MILITARY – TRANSPORT – DON’T MISS THIS BESPOKE EVENT. Organised by the Berkshire Local History Association & Berkshire family History Society. Attend this free online show, hosted via Zoom. Register online at Berksfhs.org HGS will be also in attendance. […] – read more…

Talk at HRO – Ancestry: Genealogy TV and You – On-site talk – Monday 8th April 2024

February 5, 2024

You may be interested in this talk to be held at the Hampshire Record Office in Winchester. Genealogy TV and You: A look behind the velvet curtain at how Genealogy TV shows are made, with some tips on how to bring glamour to your own family history research, presented by Brad Argent from Ancestry. Places […] – read more…

Christmas closure

December 15, 2023

Please be aware that our last day at the HRO is Thursday 21st. We will reopen on Tuesday 2nd January 2024 and Wednesday opening will recommence on the 10th January. The last day for processing orders from the online shop will be Tuesday 19th December. Many thanks for your understanding. Have a wonderful Christmas period. – read more…

HGS Help Desk now open Wednesdays too!

November 16, 2023

The HGS Help Desk in the search room at Hampshire Archives in Winchester will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am – 4pm from Tuesday 21st November. Up until now we have only been open Tuesday and Thursday. Click to find out more about visiting the Centre. – read more…

New Safeguarding Policy

September 22, 2023

New Safeguarding Policy Since our AGM on 17th June inst., HGS trustees have begun a programme to assess our Governance system. Part of this is to review and update our various policies or, in some cases, create new ones. The first to have been completed and approved is our Safeguarding Policy which you will find […] – read more…

Andover Museum opening times

September 12, 2023

Correction to opening times The September edition of the HGS quarterly magazine publicised the Andover Museum. Unfortunately the opening times quoted are now incorrect, as the winter opening times have just started this week. They are now 10am to 4pm Friday to Sunday (closed Monday to Thursday). Sorry for any confusion or inconvenience. – read more…

Important change – e-journals now available to all members!

September 1, 2023

e-journal and archive now available to all members online The Hampshire Family Historian magazine, published quarterly, has been available to HGS members either as a printed copy or via this website as an e-journal. So if you were sent a printed copy, it was not possible to view the current issue online. Neither was it […] – read more…

Hampshire marriages and banns (1754-1921) now on Ancestry

May 2, 2023

Hampshire marriages and banns (1754-1921) now on Ancestry Following on from the Hampshire baptism records (1813-1921) recently made available on Ancestry, a new tranche of parish records – Marriages and Banns from 1754, when pre-printed volumes were introduced, to 1921 –  are now online and are searchable by name. Please note these records do not […] – read more…

*ARCHIVE* Conference Day & AGM Saturday 17th June 2023

May 1, 2023

Conference Day and AGM 2023 The Hampshire Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that their Conference Day and AGM 2023 will be held at The Millennium Memorial Hall, Littleton, Winchester, SO22 6QL on Saturday 17th June 2023. For further information of the event and how to apply for tickets on-line, please contact the Society on […] – read more…

Hampshire baptism records (1813-1921) now on Ancestry

April 20, 2023

Hampshire baptism records (1813-1921) now on Ancestry In December 2021, family history website Ancestry and Hampshire County Council announced a partnership in which the company would digitise the county’s historic records. A year later, the first tranche consisting of probate records was launched. Recently Ancestry has added a new collection of 1,583,654 Hampshire baptism records […] – read more…

HGS Secretary required

March 16, 2023

The Hampshire Genealogical Society is in need of a new Secretary to succeed Gwen Newland who has stepped down from the role. The duties are those which would be expected of such a position, mainly involving convening and attending meetings of the AGM and those of the Executive Committee; ensuring that minutes of meetings are […] – read more…

*Archive* Sat 25th Feb – Heritage Festival in Havant

January 31, 2023

Heritage Festival – Havant, Hampshire Hampshire Genealogical Society will be at this Heritage Festival at The Spring Arts Centre, Havant along with other local heritage groups on Saturday 25th February 10 am – 4pm. Click here to see who is attending   Local Heritage Groups — The Spring There is also a full program of events […] – read more…

Using Directories to extend your research 

December 10, 2022

In various formats, directories have been published for over 300 years and offer unrivalled information for both family and local historians. However, information gathering took some time. A directory dated 1871 was probably correct only in 1870 and even then should not be relied on too heavily as being precise, accurate or comprehensive. Ordinary working […] – read more…

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…

*ARCHIVE* 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…

*Archive* 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…

*ARCHIVE* 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…

Latest HGS eJournal

September 1, 2022

For HGS members who receive the eJournal format of the Hampshire Family Historian, the September 2016 edition is now available for download. This issue contains important AGM attendance information and a membership renewal insert. – 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…

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