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Hampshire Genealogical Society

Tips and Hints

Always check the original record!

October 14, 2020

If there’s one tip you should definitely take on board, it is this one… Indexes and transcriptions can be wonderful at directing you to the source record but you should always confirm the information by viewing the original for yourself. This is because transcriptions are sometimes incorrect; nor do they always include every detail. Parish […]

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Researching Merchant Seamen

October 6, 2020

The British have always had a reputation as a seafaring nation. This is unsurprising when you consider that in Britain it is impossible to be more than 60-70 miles from the sea, a distance that would have taken some of our ancestors no more than a couple of days to walk. During the British Empire, […]

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Memorial / monumental inscriptions

October 2, 2020

When you are searching for the burial record of your ancestor, unlike the birth, marriage and death records, they are not recorded in any central database. You may find some information in the parish records, but graves can sometimes be difficult to find, so here are some hints and tips to help you locate them. […]

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War memorials

October 2, 2020

If your ancestors served in, but didn’t survive, World War I or World War II, their names may appear on a war memorial in the area where they lived. A Google search may reveal if there is a war memorial in their home town or village. Some villages and towns traced the names on the […]

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More research tips – ‘Brick walls’

April 30, 2020

1. When searching online, remember that ‘less is more’ try to enter as few details as possible on the search screen try different combinations of name, age and birthplace try searching using just the first name or just the surname 2. Try using wild cards to find those difficult names * stands for any number […]

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Ancestor not found in a census

April 17, 2020

A frequent ‘brick wall’ question is “Why can’t I find my ancestor on the night of the census?”   Here’s a few things to consider…. The surname is completely different e.g. widow had remarried; children from her first marriage are under her new husband’s surname. Ages and birth places can be variable between censuses. Relationships […]

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Tips for Research – Dates

April 17, 2020

You may find this information helpful in your research: 1. Regnal Years Regnal years are calculated from the date that a monarch ascends the throne; some documents will show this rather than the actual year. An example is Victoria ascended the throne on 20 June 1837. A document dated 20 October Vic 30 would equate […]

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Research tips

April 15, 2020

Are you just beginning to research your Family History? Not a beginner? You may find some reminders useful! Look at these tips for researching: Start your family tree with the information you know. Add yourself and all the relatives whose names you know to your tree, and add any birthdays and other life facts you […]

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