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Benefits of Membership of the Hampshire Genealogical Society

Membership of HGS is open to anyone interested in Family History.  We aim to help our members explore, share, research, learn and progress their family history filling out the details of who they were, what they did and where they lived.

Your Membership will include:

  • A Quarterly Journal – The Hampshire Family Historian – available as an electronic download or as a printed copy delivered by post.
  • Access to Hampshire Family History Indexes – Extensive Hampshire parish baptism, marriage and burial indexes, census, monumental inscriptions, members’ surname interests are available at our Research Centre.
  • Local Group Meetings – Held monthly in 14 different locations, offering an active programme including well-informed visiting speakers, members evenings, social events, visits and outings. Members can choose to attend any meeting and do not need to subscribe to a particular Group.
  • The Research Centre – Whether you need access to our many resources, help in using a computer for research, expert advice, or someone to do a bit of research for you, our team of experienced volunteers at the HGS Research Centre are ready to help.

Latest News

Hardship Cases in a Portsmouth Court – Correction

  HGS member David Hall has kindly pointed out an error in the original post I added to the website in October 2014. I had incorrectly stated that William Jeremiah ATRILL married Elizabeth GRIFFITHS on 2 July 1808.  These details are correct but the William in the court case was a labourer who married Elizabeth THOMPSON in Alverstoke […]


Latest Village Booklet – No 92 Bramdean – is available now

Bramdean (VB092) is a comprehensive study of the history of this rural Hampshire village and the parish of St Simon and St Jude, along with the tin church on Bramdean Common originally built for the travelling community. It is located nine miles east of Winchester and four miles south-east of Alresford on the A272.  A […]


Were you a Beverley Babe?

Beverley Babes The Royal Naval and Royal Marine Maternity Home As Britain prepared for the possibility of going to war with Germany, the Southsea based Royal Naval and Royal Marine Maternity Home, known as Bowland, made plans to evacuate their premises, with patients and staff to be taken to Beverley House, Wickham. On the 1st […]


MEMORIAL INSCRIPTION CORRECTIONS

MEMORIAL INSCRIPTION CORRECTIONS Two errors in the HGS Memorial Inscriptions for Longparish and Southampton Hill Lane Cemetery have recently been found. The one in Longparish is on a memorial inside the church, number 162 in our index, where it gives the dates for William Arthur DURNFORD as being 1653 – 1940.  William was obviously not […]


Will of John Biggnall of Kingston

Can an early will help with family trees John Biggnall The early registers for both Portsmouth parishes have disappeared. Later 17 Century registers are not always complete.  Trying to trace early families on Portsea Island can be difficult but early wills may help.  John BIGGNALL of Kingston wrote his will on 8 February 1684/5 and […]


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