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HGS Helping You Explore and Research Your Family History

The Hampshire Genealogical Society, a registered charity run entirely by volunteers, has been promoting and encouraging the study of family history research since its formation in 1974.

In pursuit of these objectives the Society has collected, transcribed, published and made accessible in various formats, a large catalogue of Family History Records, data and historical documents relating to the County of Hampshire.

The Society provides research facilities at its Centre in Cosham and is able to advise, guide and assist those wishing to further their research. The range of Society publications and data CDs is available from the Research Centre, through our website, and attendance at a number of Family History events throughout the year.

With a worldwide membership the Society holds lectures, visits, meetings and discussions at  monthly group meetings across the county.

Whether your family connections are within Hampshire or outside its borders, as a beginner or an expert, you will receive a warm welcome. Join HGS and you will gain access to an informed and friendly network of fellow family historians.

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Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum

Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum In the 1840s there was a legal requirement for every county to have its own asylum, the result being that Hampshire purchased the land at Knowle Farm near Fareham in order to construct the Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum.


Don’t Always Believe It

Don’t Always Believe It The tendency is to accept what appears in official documents as being correct. As usual there are always exceptions to the rules and in genealogy there can be quite a few.


Village Booklet – 095 Highclere – is now available.

Highclere (VB095) is a long, narrow parish running south from the Berkshire county border just west of the A34. The southern part is on the Hampshire Downs with woodland and parkland covering most of the north.  Highclere Park, including Highclere Castle, which is famous for the TV series Downton Abbey, is the well known building […]


Portsmouth Methodist Orange Street Register

Mixed Methodist details in Portsmouth   Orange Street Methodist Independent register Many interesting entries appear in the 1785 to 1837 Methodist Independent register for the Orange Street chapel. Some entries include the address where baptisms took place while others have additional details.  An example was Octavius Henry JACKSON who was born on 6 February 1829 […]


Closure of the New Forest Group

Sadly our New Forest Group held its last meeting in December.  The very first meeting was held at the home of Jacqueline Stone on the 14th June 1980, but over the past two years attendance has dropped off  making it not viable to continue the meetings. Mike Hobbs, who has been the group co-ordinator for […]


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