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What we Offer

The Hampshire Genealogical Society is a registered charity run entirely by volunteers and 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transcribed, published and made accessible, in various formats, a large catalogue of Family History Records, data and historical documents relating to the County of Hampshire.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 results of this work are available at our Research Centre in Cosham where we provide research facilities and where we are able to advise, guide and assist those wishing to further their research. We are very keen to have the research centre used by as many people as possible; therefore, visitors will find a warm welcome awaits them.

A range of Society publications and data CDs is available to purchase from the Research Centre, as well as through our website or from our Bookstall when it is in attendance at Family History events throughout the year. For prices, either check the website Shop or contact Sales in the Cosham office.

The Centre is staffed by volunteer members of the Society, with varying degrees of expertise in family history research. We share a common interest and enthusiasm for Family History and, if we cannot answer your question ourselves, we usually know someone who can. We can help you use a computer for research by providing advice on searching the Internet, or do some research with you or for you.

Use of the HGS Research Centre is free but we do welcome donations to help with our running costs.



Latest News

Faccombe village booklet now available

Faccombe village booklet now available Faccombe, (VB099) is located south of the Berkshire County border and a short distance north-west of the A343. This road runs south from Newbury to Andover, the latter being 9 miles away to the south-west.

Changes at the Ringwood Group

New Group Organiser at Ringwood   After 15 years, Paul Pinhorne is stepping down from leading the Ringwood Group to concentrate on his recent appointment as Chairman of the Hampshire Genealogical Society.

Tragedy off Hurst Castle

Identical reports in the Hampshire Chronicle and Hampshire Telegraph, both published on 14th February 1820, describe a tragedy that happened off Hurst Castle on Friday 5th February. 

Benefits of the Wills Beneficiary Index (WBI)

Benefits of the Wills Beneficiary Index (WBI) Wills can be a wonderful source of information for family historians. The WBI, centred on Hampshire, contains the names of people that have been extracted by volunteers from many of the wills that are held in the HRO.

Poor Law Union Gazette – 2

Another interesting entry appeared in the Poor Law Union Gazette on 25 April 1857 naming Lewis POSNER, formerly of Southampton, who the Southampton Union would like to get their hands on.

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