HGS Family History Groups
We meet monthly to discuss the opportunity to share, learn, exchange ideas and information, as well as to help us each further explore our family history projects. Why not come along and see for yourself?
- You can attend meetings of any of our 14 active groups. All groups meet in the evening with the exception of the Afternoon Group – see page via Groups Menu for details.
- Visit their pages via the Groups Menu to see their monthly programme of talks, news and articles. Contact a Group Organiser using the form at the bottom of each Group’s page.
- Come and meet like-minded people. HGS Group Meetings are free to members and prospective members.
- They are a good way to gain some new insights on how to further explore your family history.
- Whether you are a beginner or an expert, with a family from within or outside of Hampshire, you will always be welcome and find someone who has something new and interesting to share.
HGS Group Locations
Click on a pin for the address and directions.
HGS Family History Group and Society Events for the next 3 months
- May 2, 2017 - Portsmouth Group: The Quaker Businesses in Britain - John Avery
- May 2, 2017 - Romsey Group: The GRO Index – Just How Accurate Is It? - Celia Heritage ***Please note this is Tuesday due to the Bank Holiday
The truth about the accuracy of the GRO index may make you review your research technique and help knock down some brick walls! Professional genealogist, Celia Heritage, explains how mistakes and inaccuracies in the index, poor transcriptions, surname variants, BMDs not being registered where you expect them, etc. can make life for the researcher very difficult.
- May 8, 2017 - Alton Group: Members’ Evening: Have you found anything in the Parish Chest?
- May 9, 2017 - Fair Oak Group: ‘Turn Left at the Hippos' - Lucinda Thursfield
Random Jottings from the Registration Service.
- May 10, 2017 - Gosport Group: The Tichbourne Case – John Avery
- May 11, 2017 - Andover Group: Members’ Evening
- May 11, 2017 - Fareham Group: Members’ Evening - What my relative did during the War
Not just the relatives that went to fight but those that worked in an reserved occupation, were awarded a silver war badge, were to young or old to fight. Share the stories of your family and how the war affected their lives.
- May 11, 2017 - Fleet & Farnborough Group: British Relatives Overseas - Else Churchill, Society of Genealogy (SoG)
The talk tells of the British who migrated abroad and the records relating to former colonies and Europe. Else is The Genealogist at the SoG, leading the Society’s education and publishing programmes. She is also a columnist for Family Tree magazine.
- May 12, 2017 - New Milton & Christchurch Group: Romsey Prisoner of War Camp - Phoebe Merrick
More about war-time Romsey.
- May 15, 2017 - Southampton Group: Writing your family history - Chris Lightfoot
- May 17, 2017 - Afternoon Group: Southwick Priory - Harvey Griffiths
- May 17, 2017 - Ringwood Group: Curiouser and curiouser – Geoff Watts
- May 24, 2017 - Basingstoke Group: Members’ Presentations: What did you find in the 1939 Register?
The release of this Register was a bonus for family researchers. What surprises did you find?
- June 5, 2017 - Portsmouth Group: Employment Records - Colin Moretti
Colin will discuss possible ways to discover what our ancestors did for a living then outline information that might be found for a range of occupations, including some of the more difficult ones.
- June 5, 2017 - Romsey Group: What the Butler Saw! – John Pitman
Both humour and seriousness are brought to a detailed description of the staff hierarchy in a large country house. With the fictitious Downton Abbey very much in mind, we can readily relate to the lives and duties of the ‘big house’ staff from the butler and housekeeper down to the lowliest scullery maid. Mr Pitman intersperses anecdotes with the experiences of members of his own family who have been employed in large houses and estates.
- June 8, 2017 - Fareham Group: Members' only visit to the 'HMS Hear My Story Gallery' at Portsmouth Dockyard Museum
The history of the 20th and 21st Century Royal Navy, told through the stories of the men and women who have served and still serve. See personal items and read stories of naval personnel from 1900 to the present day in National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth. This is a DAYTIME visit.
- June 8, 2017 - Andover Group: Members’ Evening: “Are we related?"- my search in US records - Gordon Young
- June 8, 2017 - Fleet & Farnborough Group: British Home Children - Margaret Bowman, HGS Andover Group
Britain’s child migrants: ‘I was told I was going on a picnic’. The child migrants sent from UK to various parts of the world under what could be described as forcible emigration
- June 12, 2017 - Alton Group: The HGS Web Site - Gwen Newland
- June 13, 2017 - Fair Oak Group: Restoring Old Photographs - David Tipper
- June 14, 2017 - Gosport Group: Members’ Evening
- June 16, 2017 - New Milton & Christchurch Group: Manorial Records – Les Mitchinson **Please note this is the 3rd Friday***
Life on the Manor - when you need to search further back.
- June 19, 2017 - Southampton Group: Carlton Crescent and Rockstone Place - Jake Simpkin
- June 21, 2017 - Afternoon Group: Members’ Presentations: WW2 – Britain at Home
Did you have family in the Home Guard or Land Army? Or someone with a reserved occupation? Come and tell us about your family who were ‘at home’ during WW2.
- June 21, 2017 - Ringwood Group: Life in the fairground – Kay Townsend
- June 28, 2017 - Basingstoke Group: Where there’s a will, there’s a way - Ken Smallbone
Having been a professional genealogist and historical researcher for 45 years, Ken has been through thousands of wills from 1300 to the present day, including foreign ones, and can therefore offer members numerous facts and tips that they may very well not be aware of.
- July 3, 2017 - Portsmouth Group: Members' Evening - Finding what your ancestors did for a living, and what this means today.
- July 3, 2017 - Romsey Group: A Brief Introduction to Heraldry – Malcolm Heathcote
Although Heraldry does not have a great impact on family history, it is a subject of general interest and is a much wider subject than many people realise. Most people have some awareness of heraldry but their knowledge tends to be very limited, usually focusing only on “coats of arms”, and is often erroneous. Family historians should find the subject interesting, if not immediately relevant, especially as Malcolm includes a little local interest in this talk.
- July 10, 2017 - Alton Group: Members’ Evening: Problems and Successes
- July 11, 2017 - Fair Oak Group: A History of Hampshire Through Ten Objects - Tony Cross
- July 12, 2017 - Gosport Group: Ancestors from Victorian London – Geoff and Jane Piper
- July 13, 2017 - Fareham Group: History & Development of the Fire Service – Alan House
- July 13, 2017 - Andover Group: Writing your Family History - Chris Lightfoot
- July 13, 2017 - Fleet & Farnborough Group: Harlots, Dung & Glory - Andrew Negus, Historian and Blue Badge Guide
A history of the Port from early times to Nelson’s times.
- July 17, 2017 - Southampton Group: To be Arranged - please check back!
Choose a Group
Portsmouth Couple Married in India – 1899
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?
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
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.
Harry Selfridge and Highcliffe Hampshire
The Selfridge family had a very interesting connection to the county of Hampshire that family historians will find intriguing.
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.