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transcribed, published and made accessible, in various formats, a large catalogue of Family History Records, data and historical documents relating to the County of Hampshire.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

New Winchester Group

UPDATE ON THE NEW WINCHESTER GROUP!!! The inaugural meeting of the new Winchester Group will take place at Littleton Memorial Hall on Thursday 16th May 2019. Door open at 7.15 for 7.30 start.   And it’s a packed agenda for the first meeting!!!  * Members of the Executive Committee will give an update on the […]

Empshott village booklet now available

Empshott, (VB102) is a small, sparsely populated parish 6 miles north of Petersfield and 2 miles south-east of Selborne with the B3006 running through the parish from Greatham north-west to Selborne.

Young Lovers in Alton

A brief paragraph in the 15th of February 1873 issue of the Hampshire Telegraph announced the death of Ellen FOWLER in Alton, the wife of George who was a millwright’s apprentice.  On the face of it this was nothing unusual except that the report gave the ages of the couple; Ellen was only 15

Portsmouth Road Names

Portsmouth Road Names (Then and Now) Some of the streets of Portsmouth and Portsea mentioned in the old registers and census returns have had their names changed over the years. In the following table are a few of them which were originally shown in our Journal the Hampshire Family Historian of November 1985. Vol  XII […]

Home Guard Names in the Hampshire Record Office

Home Guard Names in the Hampshire Record Office   Did anyone in your family serve in the Home Guard during WWII?   They may be included in the number of members in the Hampshire Home Guard who have been mentioned in the HRO catalogue and either appear in documents and photographs.

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