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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 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.

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Portsmouth Methodist Orange Street Register

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Closure of the New Forest Group

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