HGS Group News
It is with much regret that we announce the closure of our New Forest Group.
The New Forest Group was established in June 1980 by HGS member Jacqueline Stone.
At that time the HGS had four other groups, Portsmouth, Southampton, Yateley and Bembridge, Isle of Wight.
The new group held it’s first meeting – at Jacqueline’s home – on the 14th June 1980 with 14 members in attendance. Tessa Davis helped Jacqueline run the group, taking over the group in June 1982. In June 1983, the group meetings moved to the Brockenhurst Village Hall.
Over the years Group Leaders have been: Derek Knot, June Phillips, Ruud Lem, Tessa Davis, Jacqueline Stone, Keith Vokes, and lastly Michael Hobbs.
Some years ago the group ceased meeting in January, as the first Wednesday of the month was too close to the New Year. In June or July each year, a visit or walk was arranged to a place of interest around the New Forest area.
Over the past two years, meeting attendance declined, with sometime only eight members participating. So, with much sadness, the New Forest Group decided to close with the 2017 Christmas meeting being their last meeting.
We would like to thank all our members for their support of the New Forest Group over the many years.
Many thanks to the group leaders for organising speakers, venues and visits.
A special thanks goes to Mike Hobbs who ran the group solely for 24 years and two years as a co-organiser.
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 13 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
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HGS Family History Group and Society Events for the next 3 months
- February 21, 2018 - Ringwood Group: A Sailor in the Victorian Navy - Alan Brown
- February 22, 2018 - Fareham Group: Writing your Family History - Chris Lightfoot, founder of iScribbles
Tips and advice on how to start developing stories based on your family history research.
- February 28, 2018 - Basingstoke Group: My Life as a Deportee from Jersey to Germany - Mike Martel
It's 1942! The British capture German sympathisers in Iran and Hitler retaliates! He demands 2000 British subjects be imprisoned in Germany and the only area he has captured is the ChannelIslands where there are enough British subjects. These memories of a deportee are a personal account of the result of his retaliation.
- March 5, 2018 - Portsmouth Group: A special Gentleman: William Bunce K.P.M. 1904 -2001 - Ruth Warren
A story about a police officer who not only looked after Ghandi, but also was arresting officer for Lord Haw Haw and a Royal Protection Officer at Buckingham Palace.
- March 5, 2018 - Romsey Group: Dating Family Photographs – Jane Fox
Jane shows examples of old family photographs during her talk and lays out a time-line so that her audience can try to date their own pictures for themselves. She also allows time to look at some individuals’ photos and give advice.
- March 8, 2018 - Andover Group: How can memorabilia help with Family History - Elizabeth Owen
- March 8, 2018 - Fleet & Farnborough Group: DNA Testing & Me: discovering new cousins and cracking brick walls - Rosemary and Graham Mist
Following on from Debbie Kennett’s talk, Graham and Rosemary Mist describe their journey of discovery and test the merits of three DNA testing companies.
- March 9, 2018 - New Milton & Christchurch Group: Lest we forget - Audrey Brinsford
The people behind the names on the Highcliffe war memorial.
- March 12, 2018 - Alton Group: Napoleonic Prisoners of War - Tony Cross
- March 13, 2018 - Fair Oak Group: Don't Throw That Out! The Delights of Ephemera - Jane Howells
- March 14, 2018 - Gosport Group: Searching for Surnames: Challenges – Kirsty Gray
- March 21, 2018 - Afternoon Group: Pilgrim Fathers – Dennis Boylen
The English separatists wanted to practice their religion in their own way, free from Crown, Church and legal system and found such freedom in Cape Cod. In November 2020, America will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Pilgrim Fathers. To many, this is the beginning of America.
- March 21, 2018 - Ringwood Group: Wig powder, Matches and Wine, the Excise at work in the 1700s - Phoebe Merrick
- March 22, 2018 - Fareham Group: How I found my German ancestors - Paul Pinhorne
- March 28, 2018 - Basingstoke Group: Members’ Presentations What got you started?
Everyone has a different reason for starting along this road or maybe a combination of reasons. Tell us about yours.
- April 3, 2018 - Portsmouth Group: Members’ Evening: A follow up to Jane Fox February talk [Note: this is Tuesday due to Bank Holiday Monday]
Members will be able to discuss the February talk given by Jane Fox and share how they record their findings. Jane will be on hand to answer questions and provide guidance.
- April 9, 2018 - Alton Group: Members’ Meeting - Crime!
- April 9, 2018 - Romsey Group: Member’s Evening – A Family Heirloom
Members are requested to bring along one item (or a photograph of an item) and be prepared to say a little something about it with regard to its special meaning, the memories it creates or its inspiration for beginning the journey into family research.
- April 10, 2018 - Fair Oak Group: How to Write Up Your Family History - Chris Lightfoot
- April 11, 2018 - Gosport Group: Tracing my German Ancestors – Paul Pinhorne
- April 12, 2018 - Andover Group: Members’ Evening
- April 12, 2018 - Fleet & Farnborough Group: AGM & Members' Talk
- April 13, 2018 - New Milton & Christchurch Group: Tales from the laundry - Barry Jolly
But whose dirty washing will it be?
- April 18, 2018 - Afternoon Group: Beggars, Rogues & Vagabonds – Dr Cheryl Butler
As Henry VIII put it, the rich should not help those who ‘live by the graft of begging slothfully’. Beggars could be whipped, vagabonds have their heads shaved and vagrants be put in the stocks. Official beggars were given a badge and a bag in which to collect alms. In this talk we meet the itinerant poor, the disreputable poor, the sick and ailing poor and the deserving poor.
- April 18, 2018 - Ringwood Group: Is Granny on the WEB? - Pat Hilbert
- April 25, 2018 - Basingstoke Group: Lost in London - David Annal
Tracing your ancestors back to the period before civil registration and the Victorian census returns can present a genuine challenge to most family historians. But if your family came from London, the problems that you’re likely to face can be even harder to overcome. The population of London doubled between 1801 and 1841 making it the most populated city in world. Outlying villages were swallowed up as London spread ever outwards – the boundaries of what constituted London were constantly being redrawn. The administration of the area was enormously complicated – the City of London alone comprised over 100 parishes – and the records of the various authorities responsible for running London are now spread around a number of different record offices. This talk will explain how to access and make the most of the capital’s diverse collection of records and will give some useful tips on tracking down those elusive London ancestors
- April 26, 2018 - Fareham Group: Suffragettes - Paul King
Hear about the founding and development of the women’s suffrage movement in the UK. Focus will be on the suffragette movement between 1910 - 1914 when the suffragettes were most active.
- May 8, 2018 - Fair Oak Group: Violet’s Titanic Escape- Jane Glennie
- May 8, 2018 - Romsey Group: 'Up With the Lark – Agricultural Labourers’ – Ian Waller [Note: this is a Tuesday.]
Most of us will have agricultural labourers in our ancestry. This talk discusses how our agricultural ancestors lived and the wealth of records which enable us to piece together their lives. The fact that they existed means that documentary evidence also exists.
- May 9, 2018 - Gosport Group: Village Life in the 40’s and 50’s – John Pitman
- May 10, 2018 - Andover Group: Customs and Costumes of Mourning - Stella Bond
- May 10, 2018 - Fleet & Farnborough Group: Female Inebriates in Victorian England - Jane Fox
In the 1891 census 99 Southam Street, Kensington was listed as a “home for inebriate women”. This talk discusses these women and the life and history of such women.
- May 11, 2018 - New Milton & Christchurch Group: Using maps - Les Mitchinson
Another means of navigation through family history.
- May 14, 2018 - Alton Group: Portsmouth - Harlots, Dung and Glory: part 2 - Andrew Negus
- May 16, 2018 - Afternoon Group: Members’ Presentations: My Poor Relation
Following our April talk, our group have the opportunity to share what they have learned about their poor relations. Were they in the workhouse? on parish relief? Perhaps their parish paid for their ticket to leave England. Come and share their story and your research.
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HGS Ringwood team runners-up in local quiz
Ringwood Community Centre Annual Quiz Several members of the HGS Ringwood Group recently took part in the Ringwood Community Centre Annual Quiz. The team over the 2 nights consisted of Paul Pinhorne, Mary Baldwin, Michael Jenkinson and George Hilbert. The team won their first 2 matches to go through to the final, but were unable […]
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.