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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.

Harry Selfridge and Highcliffe Hampshire

The Selfridge family had a very interesting connection to the county of Hampshire that family historians will find intriguing.

A Hampshire Picture Mystery

Hampshire family history society, the HGS, would like help in tracking down the whereabouts of a picture, painted at the turn of the C20th of Middle Farm Havant.

Brookwood Cemetery Tour

Fleet and Farnborough family history group, organized a visit to Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey, at one time the largest cemetery in the world.

Family History Memorial in Steep Church

For family historians, church memorial plaques can be a fascinating resource. In the church of All Saints Steep this memorial makes a compelling read

What’s in a ‘Hampshire’ Name?

Family history research hangs on being able to follow a surname back through time. Take the opportunity to explore the origins of Hampshire surnames using the Hampshire baptism, marriage and burial indexes.

Netley Military Cemetery

Hampshire is home to a number of military cemeteries, Netley being the largest with 3,000 graves. If you have a military family history connection with Hampshire consider researching its military cemeteries for information.

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.

National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth

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.

Aldershot Army Museum

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

Tithe Maps at the National Archives

What is a tithe? The National Archives have almost 12,000 tithe maps of England and Wales to help your research.

Jane Austen’s 200th Anniversary

Hampshire is known as ‘Jane Austen County’, why not join HGS Alton Family History Group with regular meetings, help, and immerse yourself in the background of Jane Austen as she lived her life around Alton.

Useful Research Source Material: Auction Sale Notices

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

A 1900 Case of Accidental Death in Haslar Creek

Reports of coroner’s inquests appear in local newspapers and are a great resource for your Hampshire family history research. This inquest includes the surname Coffin and Sait, do they appear in your Hampshire family history tree?

The ‘Green Post’ Public House Case 1850

The ‘Green Post’ public house in North End Portsmouth 1850. Who was James Fogden, who caused a rumpus at the pub over a 150 years ago. Local newspapers are a great source of family and social history.

A Short Tour of Historic Winchester

Winchester has such a long and varied history, it would be difficult to mention it all in one short article. I would like to lead you on a walk round this ancient city, that during its history has been the capital of Wessex, the capital of England, and the seat of Parliament.

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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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