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Hampshire Genealogical Society

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Hampshire Murder in Swanwick, 1899

March 1, 2015

The 1899 Hampshire murder of young Dorcas HOUGHTON resulted in nationwide publicity.
Eighteen year old Dorcas was killed in Swanwick by her jilted boyfriend Charles MAIDMENT aged 22. Despite a plea of insanity Charles was found guilty and hanged 3 months later. – 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 Police Gas Explosion in 1855

December 13, 2014

This account of an explosion in a Portsmouth dockyard police station in 1855 should serve as a cautionary tale of the dangers of mixing gas with a naked flame. – 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…

Wherry in 1825 similar to those in the Solent

Solent Tragedy of Gosport Men 1810

April 14, 2014

An 1810 Hampshire newspaper carried an appeal for information by the wives of two Gosport men who drowned in a Solent tragedy. Who were these men? – 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 (LDS) Family History Centre

May 10, 2013

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

Portsdown - Christ Church

Christ Church Portsdown Military Cemetery

March 15, 2013

Hampshire family historians will be interested in the military cemetery at Portsdown and its connection to the D-Day landings. – read more…

Commonwealth War Graves Commission at Portsmouth & Southampton Memorials

March 6, 2013

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission have erected new plaques at the Portsmouth Naval Memorial – read more…

Middle Park Farm Havant

A Hampshire Picture Mystery

February 27, 2013

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. – read more…

Winchester’s Military Museums

February 13, 2013

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. – read more…

National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth

February 13, 2013

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. – read more…

Aldershot Army Museum

February 12, 2013

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

A Hampshire History of Immigration and Emigration

February 8, 2013

Did your family emigrate to Canada, America or Australia through the port of Southampton Hampshire? If so, then let Hampshire Genealogical Society help you to connect with your Hampshire heritage – read more…

Winchester - Cathedral

A Short Tour of Historic Winchester

January 4, 2013

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. – read more…

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