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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

Latest Village Booklet – No 91 Cliddesden – is available now

Cliddesden (VB091) is a comprehensive study of the history of this rural Hampshire village and the parish of St Leonard. It is located two miles south of Basingstoke and west of the A339. The original parish had a detached part at Hatch which is now part of Basingstoke and north of the M3. The Basingstoke […]


Latest Village Booklet – No 90 Shalden – is available now

Village Booklet – No. 90 Shalden – available now. The latest in our range of village booklets is now available to purchase online through our shop or by post from the Sales Office. Shalden is a comprehensive study of the history of this rural Hampshire village and the parish of St Peter and St Paul. […]


The Hampshire Family Historian Volume 43 No.3 – March 2017

The latest Edition of the Hampshire Family Historian is now available for download in the Members’ . Articles include: Lost at Sea by Roy Montgomery, Knights of the Meon Valley by Jerry Sparkes andRoyalty in the Forest (Part II) by Richard Smith PLUS: Members Interests, Research Room, Around the Groups, Book Reviews and Your Letters


Odiham School Teacher

Teacher at a private school in Odiham around 1900 Ellen Valentine James HGS member Peter GODWIN’s Great Aunt was Ellen Valentine JAMES. She was the youngest of three sisters and was born on St. Valentine’s Day 14 February 1869 in Notting Hill.  Her parents were Henry George JAMES who had married Ellen MOREY in the […]


Inquest verdict of Visitation of God

Term used in a coroner’s verdict to explain an unexplained death Hampshire inquests The Hampshire coroner’s records were all destroyed which means that no official records exist. The best remaining source is from local newspaper reports though not every inquest and verdict was reported.  When reported the content varied from very brief to quite detailed.  Examples of […]


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