The Hampshire Family Historian Volume 45 No.1 – June 2017
The latest edition of the Hampshire Family Historian is now available in the Members’ Area. Look out for the final part of ‘Royalty in the Forest’ by Richard Smith and another great article by Roy Montgomery ‘Learning a Lesson’. PLUS as usual: Members Interests, Research Room, Around the Groups, Book Reviews and Your Letters If you are […]
West Meon Infanticide 1830
On 28 January 1830 Frances MARCH aged 32 drowned her infant child Amelia and then herself. The drowning occured in a tub of water usually used as a foot-bath. Her husband Lancelot Foquett March and mother-in-law Mary March were absent at the time.
Greywell Remarriage in 1855
Francis FREEMAN and Sarah Ann ROGERS from Odiham, Hampshire had legally married in 1854. The Hampshire Advertiser reports how they were then induced by their local curate in Greywell to a re-marriage in 1855.
Hampshire Murder in Swanwick, 1899
The 1899 Hampshire murder of young Dorcas HOUGHTON resulted in nationwide publicity.
Eighteen year old Dorcas was killed in Swanwick by her jilted boyfriend Charles MAIDMENT aged 22. Despite a plea of insanity Charles was found guilty and hanged 3 months later.
1855 Portsea Hospital Bed Shortage
An 1855 Portsea Hospital bed shortage raised concerns when a man who was turned away later died.
Portsmouth Police Gas Explosion in 1855
This account of an explosion in a Portsmouth dockyard police station in 1855 should serve as a cautionary tale of the dangers of mixing gas with a naked flame.
Hardship Cases in a Portsmouth Court
After the Napoleonic wars many suffered hardship that often resulted in lawbreaking and people being taken to court. William ATRELL and John CHAMBERLAIN were two such cases reported in the Hampshire Telegraph in 1817.
Useful Family Tree Information from Portsea Will
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.
Solent Tragedy of Gosport Men 1810
An 1810 Hampshire newspaper carried an appeal for information by the wives of two Gosport men who drowned in a Solent tragedy. Who were these men?
Italian Immigrants in 1861 Hampshire
Could your Italian ancestors be among the immigrant musicians and entertainers residing in C19th Portsmouth? Use National Archive records to trace them.
Early Cremation of a Portsmouth Man 1900
In 1900 the body of a Portsmouth man was taken to Woking by train to be cremated in the first crematorium in the country.
Memories of World War Two Southampton
Childhood Memories of World War Two Southampton, Thornhill, Romsey, daytime dogfights and sleeping in a Morrison Shelter.
Destitute Woman Transported by Portsmouth Court – 1810
This destitute Portsmouth woman stole and sold a coat and was punished with seven years transportation.
Portsmouth Bigamy Intrigue
Bigamy cases can be very interesting but are more intriguing when the accused is a woman. On this occasion the offending marriage took place nearly thirty years before coming to court.
Bignell Family Bible
A family bible that records an interesting sequence of events illustrating how useful these volumes are in tracing family movements.
Hampshire Children in Manchester Cotton Mill
What happened to these pauper children who were sent from Alverstoke workhouse as Manchester cotton mill apprentices ?
English man dies in Newburgh New York – 1850
The death was reported in 1850 in Portsmouth local newspaper of George Burton, an English immigrant living in New York. So, who was George Frederick Burton?
Family Tragedy in 19th Century East Tisted
See how HGS resources were used to research the EAMES family of East Tisted who were affected by a series of tragic events that began in 1810.
Punishment in Hampshire Quarter Session Courts – 1800
Criminals were often sentenced to whipping in Hampshire Quarter Sessions courts. Here are some examples from the 1800s.
Portsmouth Couple Married in India – 1899
A couple from Portsmouth married in Bombay in 1899. The announcement was in a Hampshire newspaper nearly three months later. Who were they and why were they in India?
Quarter Sessions Court Report 1817
Online newspaper articles can be a valuable research tool that when linked with HGS indexes can provide remarkable details.
National Archives Immigration Records Online
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.
How Wills Can Help your Family History Research
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.
Death of Farmer Budd Hampshire – 1800
Yeoman farmer of Medstead, William Budd met an untimely death when thrown from his horse. Reported in an old Hampshire newspaper in 1800, there is a puzzle about his death and burial date.
Old Newspaper Articles and Research
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.
The Internet Library of Early Journals
Researching family history means having to explore many avenues, one useful free resource is the Internet Library of Early Journals
The Curtis Museum, Alton – A Local Resource
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.
A Hampshire Divorce in 1890
Unravel the family history behind the story of some of the characters in this Hampshire divorce case from 1890 Fareham.
Christ Church Portsdown Military Cemetery
Hampshire family historians will be interested in the military cemetery at Portsdown and its connection to the D-Day landings.
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.
Home Guard Names in the Hampshire Record Office
Home Guard Names in the Hampshire Record Office 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.
Discord in Marriage
Interesting little snippets from some of the old newspapers include brief advertisements where husbands have declared that they will not be responsible for their wife’s debts. One item from James LINDSAY appeared in the Hampshire Chronicle printed on 4th September 1820. He said that he would not be answerable for any debts incurred by his […]
HGS on Radio Solent
On Friday 1st February, Radio Solent broadcasted their Sasha Twining Show from the Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole. Along with two other experts, HGS Chairman and Ringwood Group member Paul Pinhorne, along with Pat and George Hilbert, also from the Ringwood Group were there to help people with their family history research. Many interesting questions […]
Winchfield village booklet now available
Winchfield, (VB101) is located midway between Farnborough and Basingstoke with the A30 forming part of the northern parish boundary. The B3016 crosses the parish from south to north. The Basingstoke Canal forms part of the southern border, the London to Southampton railway crosses the parish and recently the M3 follows the same route. There is […]
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 […]