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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 electronically via the website 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, our 13 groups offer 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

Don’t Always Believe It Update

Duplicate entries in parish registers Resulting from an enquiry recently received in the Research Center a very good example of duplicate entries in registers was found in Nutley and Preston Candover. Admittedly the Nutley entries at that time were all extracted from the Bishops Transcripts but it could be expected that these were only copies […]


Poor Law Union Gazette – 1

Poor Law Union Gazette – 1 Newspapers are a very good source of information on some of our ancestors but they rarely give such detailed information on individuals as that found in the Poor Law Union Gazette. If an ancestor had absconded without paying for the care of his family and left them chargeable to […]


Ringwood Community Centre Annual Quiz

Paul Pinhorne, Mary Baldwin and Michael Jenkinson, members of the HGS Ringwood Group took part in the Ringwood Community Centre Annual Quiz last month. The team has won their first match 28-6 against the Anglo-Italian Society. They go through to the final night on 26th March. Can they improve on their runner-up position from last […]


Why Go to a HGS Group Meeting?

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 & […]


Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum

Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum In the 1840s there was a legal requirement for every county to have its own asylum, the result being that Hampshire purchased the land at Knowle Farm near Fareham in order to construct the Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum.


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