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.
- 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.
- January 10, 2024, 7:30 pm: Family History on a Budget - David Ennifer
Many people are put off by the cost of using family history subscription sites and paying for expensive certificates. This talk covers alternative ways of accessing records, both from the UK and overseas. David aims to advise us how to access free sites that we may not already know about and those that charge just a modest fee. The talk will also cover the use of software and the advantages of collaboration with other researchers will be highlighted, using examples and illustrations.
- March 6, 2024, 7:30 pm: What’s in a Name? Unusual Forenames in the 19th Century - Debbie Bates
Researching civil registration records leads to the realisation that some parents took a less than traditional approach to naming their offspring. Discover some of the quirky names in birth records, and what they reveal about the times, and the communities, our ancestors lived in.
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.