Members Login: Remember Me Need your login details?

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transcribed, published and made accessible, in various formats, a large catalogue of Family History Records, data and historical documents relating to the County of Hampshire.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

RIP Private Herbert Frank French

Herbert Frank FRENCH was born on 21st April 1884 at 11 Hyde Close in Winchester, the illegitimate son of Emily. On 18th January 1908 he married Sarah Ann (Annie) BIGNELL in Meonstoke and then settled in the village to raise their daughters Emily and Ivy. Herbert was initially in the Territorial Army then when WWI […]

Can you help

 We have recently been passed a copy of a photograph with a request for more information, maybe the location or the purpose. A comment with the photo says that the men were in training but didn’t say what for. 

Bigamy in 1820

The Hampshire Chronicle printed on 5th June 1820 carried a brief article on page 4 referring to three prisoners who had been committed to the County Gaol.  One of the prisoners had been accused of bigamy but whereas most bigamists were men this was a woman.

Kingston Cemetery CD

KINGSTON CEMETERY CD   HGS are very pleased to announce that a new CD is now available to buy for Kingston Cemetery, Portsmouth.  The CD costs £10.00 and is available from our Research Centre in Cosham.  It can be purchased in person, by post, through the sales section of our website or through our Bookstall.

RIP Gunner William Talmage

RIP Gunner William Talmage William TALMAGE was born in 1884 in Ramsbury, Wiltshire, and married Ellen Maria KNIGHT in Medstead in 1910.  They had a butcher’s business in West Horsley, Surrey, but when the First World War started William was one of the many who volunteered and joined the Army.

All News...