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Hampshire Genealogical Society

News and Notices

HRO Saturday opening 22nd October

September 29, 2022

Trial Saturday opening Hampshire Record Office are having a trial Saturday opening on SATURDAY 22nd October 2022.   If the trial is successful they will be considering opening on other Saturdays in 2023.  HGS may also be there on 22nd October if some HGS volunteers are able to attend, so if any HGS members are interested […] – read more…

Wickham History Society Exhibition

September 29, 2022

Wickham History Society is holding their much delayed 60th anniversary celebration (they are now 63!) on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October, from 11.00-4.00 each day at Wickham Community Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham PO17 5AL. The exhibition has displays on archaeology, farming, Wickham Fair, the ‘Beverley Babes’, mills and water meadows and much more. You […] – read more…

HGS at Kempton Park show

September 27, 2022

Family History Show at Kempton Park Our new Bookstall Manager, Tony Sinclair, successfully led the team who attended the Family History Show at Kempton Park on 24th September 2022. It was great to meet up with all the other exhibitors from Family History Societies around the south of England and the Family History Federation. The venue […] – read more…

Gwen Newland steps down

September 24, 2022

Gwen Newland has stepped down as HGS Secretary after carrying out this role for many years. She has suffered from ill-health for some time and feels she is now unable to carry out the role as she would wish to. I thank her for all the work she has done over these past years and […] – read more…

* ARCHIVE * Heritage Open Day on 17th September

September 23, 2022

Heritage Open Day HGS had a very successful day at the Heritage Open Day at Hampshire Record Office on 17th September. There was a steady stream of visitors to the Record Office, from all over Hampshire and further afield, and our team of volunteers managed to speak to most of them. One gentleman from Derbyshire […] – read more…

Hampshire Histbites

September 5, 2022

Whilst looking up the events at Heritage Open Days 2022, I also stubbled across The Hampshire Histbites Podcast Channel, which was launched in the summer of 2020 and has more than 60 episodes. www.winchesterheritageopendays.org/introduction-histbites I found the Episode Archives Galore presented by Barry Sherlock particularly interesting as he reviews the wealth and variety of material […] – read more…

* ARCHIVE * Heritage Open Days  9 – 18 September 2022

September 5, 2022

Heritage open days are happening all over Hampshire and the rest of the country. You can find an event near you by visiting www.heritageopendays.org.uk This year Hampshire Genealogical Society are joining with our partners at Hampshire Record Office in an event called Hampshire Archives – Bring History To Life which takes place at on Saturday […] – read more…

Closure of two HGS groups

August 10, 2022

Due to a lack of volunteers to help run groups, unfortunately we have had to suspend the current programmes for both the Portsmouth and the New Milton & Christchurch groups. The Portsmouth group was the original HGS group formed 48 years ago, with the New Milton & Christchurch one a few years later. Should you […] – read more…

Britons Dying Overseas (BDO) update

August 1, 2022

Rescanning of the original BDO index cards started in May of this year with the first phase of transcription starting later that month. This first phase, a verbatim transcription of the scanned card content on to XL spreadsheets, is progressing satisfactorily with approximately 4,500 cards transcribed by mid-July. The transcription team involved in this work […] – read more…

Hampshire Chronicle article about HGS at HRO

April 1, 2022

Read an article published in the Hampshire Chronicle on 3rd March 2022 about the HGS collaboration with HRO “Family History has never been so easy.” A walk-in enquiry and support service in Winchester and other important new developments offer family historians a first-class service, writes Barry Shurlock  Read the full page article as published HERE. – read more…

HGS Conference Day 2022 (including the 48th AGM)

March 1, 2022

Saturday 18th June 2022 Macdonald Botley Park Hotel Winchester Road, Boorley Green Southampton, SO32 2UA Featuring Genealogy Experts and talks from guest speakers Open to all – Members, Friends and Family with a passion for family history Tickets – £15.00 Programme 9.30 – 10.00          Registration Tea, Coffee and Light Refreshments available upon arrival.  10.00 […] – read more…

John Heighes

February 21, 2022

Hampshire Genealogical Society New Milton and Christchurch Branch It was with great sadness that we heard John Heighes had passed away last week. It is a great loss for his wife, Janet, and their daughters and families. Our thoughts are with them. John had been the leader of the New Milton and Christchurch Branch for […] – read more…

1921 Census – Watch the video now!

February 4, 2022

Members can now watch our recording of FindMyPast’s presentation “Introducing the 1921 census of England & Wales” with Paul Nixon (FMP’s Content Licensing Manager). You’ll find it in the Members’ Area under Members’ Only Data    Then choose ‘Group Zoom Presentations’. If you watched it live (on 1st February), you may wish to see it […] – read more…

* ARCHIVE * HGS / HRO celebration!

December 19, 2021

On Wednesday 8th December, at Hampshire Record Office in Winchester, Record Office staff and Hampshire Genealogical Society volunteers came together to celebrate their recent partnership. To kick off the evening, Emma Noyce, Assistant Director – Culture and Information Services [Hampshire County Council]; Caroline Edwards, the previous Chief Archivist at HRO and HGS Chairman, Paul Pinhorne, […] – read more…

NEW! A National Group for the Hampshire Genealogical Society

December 15, 2021

Following on from this year’s success of the International Group we wanted to establish a similar group for our members who do not live in Hampshire.   We felt this was particularly important as many of our Area Groups are returning to face-to-face meetings and it would mean that many of our members who do […] – read more…

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…

1921 Census Presentation! Tues 1st Feb 2022

December 4, 2021

Special Announcement Tuesday, 1st February 2022, is a date for your diary! We’re delighted and very excited to tell you that HGS shall be hosting a special Zoom presentation entitled, “Introducing the 1921 Census of England & Wales”. Paul Nixon, from FindMyPast, will be telling us all about the newly launched 1921 Census and how […] – read more…

War Horses

November 15, 2021

This is a photograph of the war horse statue in Romsey, Hampshire, where there was a Remount Depot during WW1 for the training and conditioning of horses for use in battle. In nearby Southampton, the Swaythling Depot sent horses direct to France. The Army required huge numbers of horses and thousands were requisitioned for army […] – read more…

HGS Facebook page

November 9, 2021

Our Facebook page can be found here……. https://www.facebook.com/HGSfamilyhistory We know we’re not the only Family History Society to have a Facebook page but we’re quite proud of ours! At least one item is posted every single day; sometimes more. If you ‘follow’ us, these regular posts will pop up on your own newsfeed. There are […] – read more…

* ARCHIVE * Handwriting classes in November at HRO

November 5, 2021

Do you struggle to read old handwriting – especially in wills, probate inventories and manorial documents? If so, Hampshire Records Office is offering classes to help you. There are two classes left, and we would like to encourage more bookings. read old handwriting, Book here Our events, including free onsite exhibitions, are also listed at […] – read more…

Update on HGS move

November 5, 2021

During the summer we were busily organising our move from our former location in Cosham [near Portsmouth] to Hampshire Record Office in Winchester where we have been welcomed with open arms. We ‘opened for business’ on Tuesday 3rd August and we now have a regular presence every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am till 4.00 pm. […] – read more…

East Meon booklet correction

August 29, 2021

It has been brought to my attention that the village booklet for East Meon (VB003) has two websites listed that are no longer active. The defunct ones are http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/eastmean/register.html and www.lesleeztreez.com/east_meon_index.htm They have been replaced by www.eastmeonhistory.org.uk/content/catalogue_item/architecture-2/records-registers/registers-baptisms-marriages-deaths Roy Montgomery – read more…

HGS/HRO Joint Press Release

August 6, 2021

New one-stop-shop for family historians as Hampshire Genealogical Society creates new base in county Record Office Finding out more about your ancestors is set to get easier as Hampshire Record Office in Winchester becomes the new home of the Hampshire Genealogical Society – with the Society’s volunteers and Record Office staff together offering a one-stop-shop […] – read more…

* ARCHIVE * HGS is moving!

March 5, 2021

Chairman Paul Pinhorne is extremely pleased to announce that the HGS has agreed with Hampshire Archives and Local Studies to relocate its Research Centre to the Hampshire Record Office in Winchester. This will allow HGS members and others interested in family history to use both our resources and expertise whilst having convenient access to Hampshire […] – read more…

Using the Census for Family History

February 1, 2021

What is the purpose of taking a census? It certainly was not originally intended to help would-be genealogists! Run by the Office of National Statistics [ONS] and completed every 10 years since 1801, this year it is on Sunday 21st March. They say they are making it easy for everyone to take part because you […] – read more…

Family History research project – Invitation to participate

January 25, 2021

Our research team at the University of Newcastle (Drs Shaw, Donnelly, Burke and Parkes from the School of Education) are conducting research into family history and DNA testing and its impacts on people’s understanding of themselves and their place in history, as well as some general demographic information. To this end, we are conducting an […] – read more…

NEW! An International Group at Hampshire Genealogical Society

January 14, 2021

We are very excited to share some good news. Having turned to Zoom to hold Group meetings and our AGM last year, we have reached not just our out-of-county members but also members from as far afield as Australasia and North America who have managed to attend regardless of the time differences!   We are […] – read more…

New historical maps available

October 11, 2020

We’ve recently added 21 new products to our series of ‘Alan Godfrey Historical Maps’. See the whole collection at our online shop at https://www.hgs-familyhistory.com/shop/historical-maps These black and white reproductions of old Ordnance Survey maps are an invaluable resource for family historians.  They show towns and villages in detail, with individual buildings marked, as well as […] – read more…

Over 50,000 Hampshire records added to Findmypast

August 12, 2020

The Findmypast collection of Hampshire records is growing with the addition of over 50,000 records for various parishes in the north east of the county. These records have been released in conjunction with Surrey County Council. Parish records pre-date the introduction of civil registration in 1837 and are a vital source of information. Details of […] – read more…

Hampshire Archives and Local Studies has re-opened!

July 25, 2020

We are very pleased to let you know that we have been able to re-open this week following the prolonged lockdown period.  This is ahead of most, though not all, archive services across the country. Our new arrangements are quite different due to new distancing, hygiene and quarantining requirements, as might be expected. Please note […] – read more…

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