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Hampshire Genealogical Society

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Ancestry® to digitise Hampshire RO archives!

December 12, 2021

County Council agreement with Ancestry® set to make 500+ years of historic records available online Anyone with Hampshire roots anywhere in the world will be able to learn more about their ancestors thanks to an agreement between Hampshire County Council and Ancestry®, a global leader in family history. Read the official announcement here. As part of […] – read more…

Hampshire Rural Churches Appeal

May 10, 2020

There is an HGS project of producing a DVD/memory stick for sale in the future containing photographs and details of Hampshire rural churches for sale by the HGS. The idea is to contain as many photos of the churches as possible so if any members would like to send copies of their own church photos […] – read more…

Free National Archive downloads

April 24, 2020

In normal times, The National Archives at Kew is a great day out for Genealogists. It can be a bit daunting at first because of its size, but it is wonderful to go there and look at old documents that in some cases go back one thousand years. It is amazing to find an ancestor […] – read more…

Home Guard Names in the Hampshire Record Office

March 1, 2019

Did anyone in your family serve in the Home Guard during WWII?   They may be included in the number of members in the Hampshire Home Guard who have been mentioned in the HRO catalogue and either appear in documents and photographs. Check out the table below. – read more…

Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum

February 19, 2018

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. – read more…

HGS Hampshire Monumental Inscriptions index

February 28, 2015

What are Monumental Inscriptions and why do they help your research? HGS researcher Roy Montgomery explains all using examples illustrating just how useful the HGS Hampshire Monumental Inscriptions index is. – read more…

Useful family tree information from Portsea will

July 28, 2014

Family trees can benefit greatly from genealogical information contained in wills.

This Portsea Will of John BIGGNALL written on 8 February 1684 is a good example, with the large number of names and relationships of the beneficiaries he included. – read more…

Hampshire children in Manchester cotton mill

August 26, 2013

What happened to these pauper children who were sent from Alverstoke workhouse as Manchester cotton mill apprentices ? – read more…

National Archives Immigration Records Online

June 6, 2013

The National Archive have made available for search and download the records of thousands of C19th immigrants. HGS would be interested to hear from anyone with ancestors who migrated and settled in Hampshire. – read more…

How wills can help your family history research

June 6, 2013

Wills are a valuable resource for family historians. See how HGS researcher Roy Montgomery used an old will to reveal new information about a Hampshire shopkeeper. – read more…

Old newspapers and Anglo Boer War

Old newspaper articles and research

May 22, 2013

Snippets from old newspaper articles can add interesting detail to your family history project. HGS researcher Roy Montgomery shares a story he unpicked connecting Hampshire and the Anglo Boer War. – read more…

The Internet Library of Early Journals

May 10, 2013

Researching family history means having to explore many avenues, one useful free resource is the Internet Library of Early Journals – read more…

The Curtis Museum, Alton – a local resource

May 9, 2013

Local history museums can be a great resource for those researching their family history. The Curtis Museum in Alton Hampshire has some interesting topic material on local places and people. – read more…

Using DNA as a tool in family history

March 8, 2013

DNA was offered as a tool to genealogists over a decade ago. Why should family historians consider having a test done and how might it further Hampshire family history research? – read more…

Commonwealth War Graves Commission at Portsmouth & Southampton Memorials

March 6, 2013

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission have erected new plaques at the Portsmouth Naval Memorial – read more…

Winchester’s Military Museums

February 13, 2013

Tracing your military ancestors can prove to be a very rewarding part of family history research. The HGS can help you in your research, through how to guides and useful guidance to Hampshire military museums. – read more…

National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth

February 13, 2013

If you have an ancestor who served in the Royal Navy then HGS might be able to help you with your research. Find out what resources are available in the National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth. – read more…

Aldershot Army Museum

February 12, 2013

Find out more about your Hampshire military family history by exploring the resources at the Aldershot Military Museum – read more…

Wills and How to Find Them

January 30, 2013

Searching for wills can prove a daunting prospect for some family historians and yet the wealth of information they contain make them an invaluable tool. The HGS help guides can help beginners and experts alike, unwrap some of the mysteries surrounding Wills – read more…

Useful Research Source Material: Auction Sale Notices

January 19, 2013

Hampshire family historians shouldn’t overlook little used source documents such as this one of an Auction sale, advertised in the Portsmouth Telegraph. Details and surnames abound for the family historian – read more…

Commonly Used Family History Abbreviations

January 5, 2013

Abbreviation Meaning AGRA Association of Genealogists & Researchers in Archives BMD Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates CE Church of England CRO County Record Office FFHS Federation of Family History Societies FHS Family History Society. A county based organisation set up to promote the research of Family History and Genealogy. FHS’s Family History Societies, see FHS […] – read more…

Parishes in 1851 Census Hampshire and IOW Listed by Parish / Place

January 4, 2013

This index of parishes within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (IOW) is provided for those researchers that may have these old style index books and fiche still in their possession. It lists the volume number of the 1851 book (or fiche) that a particular parish appears. Parish Volume Abbotts Ann 4 Adgestone 55 IOW […] – read more…

Parishes in 1851 Census Hampshire and IOW by Volume

January 4, 2013

VOLUME 1 East Dean, East Wellow, Lockerley, Michelmersh, Mottisfont, Nursling, Sherfield English, Timsbury VOLUME 2 Basingstoke, Nateley Scures, Newnham, Tunworth, Up Nateley, Upton Grey, Weston Corbett, Weston Patrick VOLUME 3 Avington, Crawley, East Stratton, Easton, Headbourne Worthy, Hunton, Itchen Abbas, Kingsworthy, Littleton, Martyr Worthy, Micheldever, Sparsholt, Stoke Charity, Wonston VOLUME 4 Abbotts Ann, Amport, Barton […] – read more…

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