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Hampshire Genealogical Society

Portsea

Milton Cemetery, Portsmouth

November 19, 2019

    The Monumental Inscriptions for Milton Cemetery in Portsmouth has now been completed and is available for purchase and research. The file contains burials from 1912 to 2019 and includes a map and index as well as the usual memorial inscriptions.   Roy Montgomery HGS Research Centre, Cosham – read more…

Portsmouth Independent Orange Street Register

January 2, 2018

Mixed Independent details in Portsmouth v.2   Orange Street Independent register Many interesting entries appear in the 1785 to 1837 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 and […] – read more…

Hardship Cases in a Portsmouth Court – Correction

June 26, 2017

  HGS member David Hall has kindly pointed out an error in the original post I added to the website in October 2014. I had incorrectly stated that William Jeremiah ATRILL married Elizabeth GRIFFITHS on 2 July 1808.  These details are correct but the William in the court case was a labourer who married Elizabeth THOMPSON in Alverstoke […] – read more…

Will of John Biggnall of Kingston

May 19, 2017

Can an early will help with family trees John Biggnall The early registers for both Portsmouth parishes have disappeared. Later 17 Century registers are not always complete.  Trying to trace early families on Portsea Island can be difficult but early wills may help.  John BIGGNALL of Kingston wrote his will on 8 February 1684/5 and […] – read more…

“Lost” an Ancestor before 1837

August 30, 2016

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. – read more…

1855 Portsea Hospital Bed Shortage

February 22, 2015

An 1855 Portsea Hospital bed shortage raised concerns when a man who was turned away later died. – read more…

Portsmouth Harbour c.1830

Hardship Cases in a Portsmouth Court

October 19, 2014

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. – read more…

Useful Family Tree Information from Portsea Will

July 28, 2014

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. – read more…

Italian Migrants the National Archive have made available Immigrant records to search

Italian Immigrants in 1861 Hampshire

February 23, 2014

Could your Italian ancestors be among the immigrant musicians and entertainers residing in C19th Portsmouth? Use National Archive records to trace them. – read more…

Early Cremation of a Portsmouth Man 1900

February 17, 2014

In 1900 the body of a Portsmouth man was taken to Woking by train to be cremated in the first crematorium in the country. – read more…

Newburgh New York

English man dies in Newburgh New York – 1850

August 26, 2013

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? – read more…

Punishment in Hampshire Quarter Session Courts – 1800

July 9, 2013

Criminals were often sentenced to whipping in Hampshire Quarter Sessions courts. Here are some examples from the 1800s. – read more…

Portsmouth Couple Married in India – 1899

June 20, 2013

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? – read more…

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