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 at 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start on the first Monday of the month (except January and August) in ‘The Links’, Cosham Baptist Church, Havant Road, Cosham, Portsmouth.
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
- February 4, 2019, 7:00 pm: One for the Boy's and Something for the Girl's - An illustrated talk by Nigel Gossop
An entertaining look at the very British institutions that became The Boy’s Own Paper and The Girl's Own Paper. The BOP first published in 1879 and GOP in 1880 became essential reading for generations of young people. BOP promoted manliness and chivalry “Live clean, be straight, do your duty and act the man”. They regularly published serials by established writers including Jules Verne and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The GOP on the other hand promoted honest work and self-improvement and good sound advice: “If you want to have a good head of hair you ought to cultivate a calm, unruffled frame of mind. Nervous fidgeting folk seldom have nice hair.”
The Group organiser is Fiona Ranger. She can be contacted using the form on this page.
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