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Old Alresford village booklet now available

Old Alresford, (VB100) is located midway between Alton and Winchester just north of New Alresford which is on the A31. Alresford Pond is a large lake created in the 12th Century at the head of the River Arle, a tributary of the River Itchen. Several water mills have existed along the river with the restored […]

Poor Law Union Gazette – 2

Another interesting entry appeared in the Poor Law Union Gazette on 25 April 1857 naming Lewis POSNER, formerly of Southampton, who the Southampton Union would like to get their hands on.

Winchester Independent Register – RG4-726

The registers for the Independent Chapel start in 1716 and many entries contain useful details. The spelling of the names written here are exactly as they were written into the register.  Different ministers conducting the baptisms decided to record different items of information in addition to the dates and names. 

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.

Don’t Always Believe It

Don’t Always Believe It The tendency is to accept what appears in official documents as being correct. As usual there are always exceptions to the rules and in genealogy there can be quite a few.

Portsmouth Methodist Orange Street Register

Mixed Methodist details in Portsmouth   Orange Street Methodist Independent register Many interesting entries appear in the 1785 to 1837 Methodist Independent register for the Orange Street chapel. Some entries include the address where baptisms took place while others have additional details.  An example was Octavius Henry JACKSON who was born on 6 February 1829 […]

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 […]

A New Partnership for HGS

A NEW PARTNERSHIP FOR HGS HGS are delighted to announce a new partnership with well-known Genealogy company ‘The Genealogist’ (S& N). All the remaining data from our parish register transcripts for Hampshire, will now be online with The Genealogist (S & N) and FHS-online.   FHS-online has been developed together with S & N to […]

Hampshire Centenarian

Hampshire Centenarian.   Born in Meonstoke in 1916 and shortly to celebrate her 100th birthday   Edith Cavell SMITH Edith a twin was born on 17 November 1916 in Meonstoke and was baptized there in St Andrew’s church on 14 January 1917.  Her twin brother was Lloyd George.  They were named after the WWI nurse Edith […]

Uncle Tom of Portsmouth

Uncle Tom of Portsmouth Looking through old bits and pieces can prove rewarding  Gordon Brine Many older HGS members will remember my husband Gordon BRINE who unfortunately died on 8 May 2007. As often happens at these times documents, photos and other memorabilia get put away.  These tend to become forgotten over the years.  Sorting […]

“Lost” an Ancestor before 1837

Have you an ancestor you cannot find before 1837? Have you thought that they may be non-conformists? Ancestry have scanned the non-conformist registers handed to the authorities in 1837.

Beginners Guide to Family History

A few tips to get you started tracing your family history, as your research unfolds, you will soon evolve into an expert detective, as you follow different trails and lines of enquiry.

Commonly Used Family History Abbreviations

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 […]

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Old Alresford village booklet now available

Old Alresford, (VB100) is located midway between Alton and Winchester just north of New Alresford which is on the A31. Alresford Pond is a large lake created in the 12th Century at the head of the River Arle, a tributary of the River Itchen. Several water mills have existed along the river with the restored […]


Knowle War Memorial

Knowle Hospital was open in 1852 as the Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum. The asylum was renamed Knowle Mental Hospital in c.1923 and following the 1948 introduction of the National Health Service Act, became Knowle Hospital. At the beginning of the 20th century, Knowle Hospital was home to over 1000 patients and staff and was a self […]


Free Data in the Members’ Area

For some time HGS has had the intention of making some of its large collection of Family History data available to members in the Members’ Area of our website. With the development of our website we have now been able to begin this process and the first set to be introduced is of various ‘small churchyards’ […]


RIP Private Herbert Frank French

Herbert Frank FRENCH was born on 21st April 1884 at 11 Hyde Close in Winchester, the illegitimate son of Emily. On 18th January 1908 he married Sarah Ann (Annie) BIGNELL in Meonstoke and then settled in the village to raise their daughters Emily and Ivy. Herbert was initially in the Territorial Army then when WWI […]


Can you help

 We have recently been passed a copy of a photograph with a request for more information, maybe the location or the purpose. A comment with the photo says that the men were in training but didn’t say what for. 


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