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Windows 8 CD Solutions

If using HGS CD with a Windows computer running Windows 8, you may experience difficulties with Autorun not working. We have advice on how to solve the problem.

Install Adobe Acrobat Reader for PDF Files

About installing FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader on your device so that you can read PDF files.

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.

Winchester’s Military Museums

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.

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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