Hampshire Genealogical Society

Welcome to the National Group!

This Group has been created to cater for HGS members who live nationally within the UK. Our aim is to provide online talks and presentations to inspire and help you with your research.

Wherever you are in the UK, if you have Hampshire roots, this is your opportunity to join us for virtual meetings tailored for your needs. Our speakers will be able to provide details of places within Hampshire where your ancestors may have lived and worked. We will also be covering a wider range of topics which are relevant to any family historians researching their ancestors within the UK.

By joining this group, you will have an opportunity to meet other people who share the same enthusiasm for their Hampshire ancestry. All our skills and expertise can be shared with open discussions at the beginning of each session which will then be followed by our speaker’s presentation. You may help someone break down a ‘brick wall’ in their research, or perhaps one of yours may come tumbling down!

If you have ideas or requests for talks or discussion topics, please do get in touch to let us know.


Group Events & Meetings

A meeting will be held every two months, on a Wednesday evening at 7.30 pm. We will be online from 7.00pm to enable a general discussion with everyone.

If you are not already a member of this group but wish to attend a meeting, please contact the Group Organisers by completing the form on this page and specifying exactly which meeting you wish to attend. You will then be added to the invitation list. Remember to include your membership number or indicate if you are a guest.

  • March 1, 2023, 7:30 pm: The 6 Bobbies of Appleshaw - Lorraine Whale - via Zoom
  • May 3, 2023, 7:30 pm: The use of local history to family history - Joe Saunders - via Zoom

    Local history is invaluable to family history. It provides us with the context to understand our ancestors' lives, adding a richness to our family trees while also enabling us to better find and understand them within the records. This talk outlines the value of local history to family historians, many of whom are already local historians in many senses. It also provides an introduction to local history for those just starting or looking to develop their exploration. While considering England broadly it will contain Hampshire-specific information.

  • July 5, 2023, 7:30 pm: TBA
  • September 6, 2023, 7:30 pm: Mapping Alchemy for Genealogists - Dr Sophie Kay - via Zoom

    The talk includes two practical mapping methods for attendees to use in their family history research, plus advice on where to source historical maps and how to navigate some key challenges they present.

  • November 1, 2023, 7:30 pm: Portsmouth's Roller Skating Past 1875 - 1950s - Sue Shuttleworth - via Zoom

    Sue wrote Farm's and Market Gardens on Portsea Island 1770-1880, Portsmouth Paper No. 61. She has been working on her family history for the past six years and has become fascinated in their skating connection with the Bandstand Roller Skating Rink on Southsea Common.


The Group Co-Organisers are Fiona Ranger and Kay Lovell. They can be contacted using the form below.

Contact National Group Organisers

If you would like to know more about the National Group and its forthcoming events, then please contact the group organisers using this form.
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