Hampshire Genealogical Society

Portsmouth HGS Family History Group meet monthly to inspire and help with your research

Welcome to the Portsmouth Group page.  This friendly and welcoming group meets monthly, except January and August, in ‘The Links’, Cosham Baptist Church, Havant Road, Cosham, Portsmouth. Doors open at 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start on the second Monday of the month. If the first Monday of the month falls on a Bank Holiday, an alternative date will be arranged.

Our members come from all over the Portsmouth area and we are always pleased to welcome visitors and new members. Parking is available at the church, on the roads opposite, in the car park next to the church (50p an hour at all times), or 50 yards down the road behind the Red Lion pub (free after 6pm).  On arrival at the church, go through the main entrance and ‘The Links’ is the meeting room on the left.

Why Join Portsmouth Group?

Joining your local group provides an opportunity to meet other people who share the same enthusiasm for family history and to share skills and expertise. It’s also an opportunity to help others break down ‘brick walls’ in their research and to get assistance with your own. The talks, workshops, and social events also provide a great opportunity to extend knowledge and have fun!

If you have any articles that you would like included on our group page then please contact us, we would be delighted to receive them!

The Group meetings are either a talk from a speaker on a family history related subject, or a Members’ Evening, usually arranged around members interests or request for a particular topic. The meeting is preceded by tea/coffee and biscuits, giving the opportunity for members to chat with each other and the speaker.

HGS Portsmouth Group Events & Meetings

*** We are currently holding virtual meetings using Zoom. If you are interested in attending a talk, please contact us using the below form no later than 24 hours prior to the talk to be added to the invitation list. Remember to include your membership number or indicate if you are a guest.

  • March 8, 2021, 7:30 pm: Tracing your House History - Lucy Browne - via Zoom

    Lucy will take us through how to research for house histories, finding out who lived in buildings, what
    they were used for, what might have happened on that spot previously and hopefully as much scandal as possible ...

  • April 12, 2021, 7:30 pm: Members’ Evening: Your House History - via Zoom

    A members' evening following on from the March talk. Fiona Ranger, Portsmouth Group Leader, would love to hear from you. Have you got a house story to tell? To enable the evening to be a success, please contact Fiona with what you would like to share.

  • May 11, 2021, 7:30 pm: Our Embarrassing Ancestors - Janet Few - via Zoom [NB This is a Tuesday]

    Not all our ancestors were paragons of virtue. Some behaved in a manner that we now find unacceptable or abhorrent. Are we embarrassed by those family members? What aspects of the lives of our ancestors might make us feel uncomfortable? Does it matter when the ancestor lived; is there a point at which some actions become exciting or interesting, rather than alarming? Have genealogists’ reactions to certain conditions and behaviours changed over time? Are we tempted, like genealogists of the past, to remove them, or their mis-demeanours, from the record?
    This presentation is a thought-provoking and hard-hitting look at our reactions to ancestors who might have been a source for embarrassment. Some sources for discovering those ancestors will also be mentioned.

  • June 14, 2021, 7:30 pm: My Grandma's Birthday Book - Fiona Ranger - via Zoom

    Using family heirlooms can help you trace your family history, or it can hamper your research!  Fiona uses one particular heirloom to test this theory, she backs her findings using many different resources.

  • July 12, 2021, 7:30 pm: TBA - via Zoom
  • August 9, 2021, N/A: ** No meeting in August **
  • September 13, 2021, 7:30 pm: My Seafaring Ancestors- Kay Lovell - via Zoom

    Inspired by family anecdotes she often listened to whilst growing up, Kay tells family stories of murder, tragedy and heroism at sea.

  • October 11, 2021, 7:30 pm: Research in the Court of Chancery: an introduction to Chancery Records - Colin Moretti

    What was the Court of Chancery, what records are there and how can they be accessed?

  • November 8, 2021, 7:30 pm: Victoria Cross Awards of the Hampshire Regiment in WW1 - Nick Saunders

    This will discuss the subject’s background, the action in which they were awarded the VC and what happened to them afterwards. It also includes some interesting facts about the founding of the medal and the recipients.

The Group organiser is Fiona Ranger. She can be contacted using the form on this page.

Find Us Here:

Cosham Baptist Church – The Links
Havant Rd


Contact Portsmouth Group Organiser

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