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 2, 2022, 7:30 pm: Heraldry - Ann Ballard
Ann will describe and illustrate the value of heraldry in more general research and introduce some of the basic terminology. Her talk will show how heraldry can unlock some vital clues in research, help identify local families, and how heraldic sources are valuable in wider family history research.
- May 4, 2022, 7:30 pm: Frosts, Freezes and Fairs - Ian Currie
Weatherman, author and columnist, Ian Currie will take you through Britain’s severest winters over the last 1,000 years, and say how we coped and even benefited from them. How did 17th century watermen make a living when the rivers froze over? What activities took place on the ice-covered rivers at Frost Fairs. And why has the river Thames in the heart of London not frozen since the last occurrence over 200 years ago in the famous 1814 Frost Fair?
- July 6, 2022, 7:30 pm: Prison and Criminal Court Records - Gill Blanchard
How to find and use records of criminal ancestors and their victims locally, nationally and online.
- September 7, 2022, 7:30 pm: Sentiments in Silk - Neil Littleales
A study of Silk Postcards dealing with the manufacturing history and embroidery styles of these richly designed items, and the part they played during First World War (1914-18). The talk is supported by Neil's own vast collection of cards and considers case studies involving the recipient and sender of various cards, detailing the family and social history surrounding them.
- November 2, 2022, 7:30 pm: A-Z of Family History - Janet Few
When tracing a family tree, the temptation is to use the more well-known sources; those which are available on-line via the major data providers. In this presentation, the author of the classic handbook Family Historian’s Enquire Within introduces a variety of less well-known sources, that can be used to enhance and extend a pedigree or provide valuable context for the lives the family. The original records, databases and online records discussed will range from Absent Voters’ Lists and Asylum Records, through Farm Surveys and Hearth Tax Records, to Valuation Office Records and ideas for inspiring young people to take an interest in genealogy. The aim is to make the audience aware of sources covering the seventeenth to twentieth centuries and point to ways to find out more. There should be something new for everyone.
The Group Co-Organisers are Fiona Ranger and Kay Lovell. They can be contacted using the form below.