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Bignell Family Bible

A family bible that records an interesting sequence of events illustrating how useful these volumes are in tracing family movements.

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.

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

Portsmouth (LDS) Family History Centre

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family History Centre is a useful resource for family historians.

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.

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.

Using DNA as a Tool in Family History

DNA was offered as a tool to genealogists over a decade ago. Why should family historians consider having a test done and how might it further Hampshire family history research?

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.

A History of Divorce

LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER…..
We think of divorce as a relatively modern phenomenon. But we spend a lot of research time unsuccessfully looking for missing spouses – so did divorce exist in the 1860s?

Latest News

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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