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transcribed, published and made accessible, in various formats, a large catalogue of Family History Records, data and historical documents relating to the County of Hampshire.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

Discord in Marriage

Interesting little snippets from some of the old newspapers include brief advertisements where husbands have declared that they will not be responsible for their wife’s debts. One item from James LINDSAY appeared in the Hampshire Chronicle printed on 4th September 1820. He said that he would not be answerable for any debts incurred by his […]

HGS on Radio Solent

On Friday 1st February, Radio Solent broadcasted their Sasha Twining Show from the Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole. Along with two other experts, HGS Chairman and Ringwood Group member Paul Pinhorne, along with Pat and George Hilbert, also from the Ringwood Group were there to help people with their family history research. Many interesting questions […]

Winchfield village booklet now available

Winchfield, (VB101) is located midway between Farnborough and Basingstoke with the A30 forming part of the northern parish boundary. The B3016 crosses the parish from south to north. The Basingstoke Canal forms part of the southern border, the London to Southampton railway crosses the parish and recently the M3 follows the same route. There is […]

Old Alresford village booklet now available

Old Alresford, (VB100) is located midway between Alton and Winchester just north of New Alresford which is on the A31. Alresford Pond is a large lake created in the 12th Century at the head of the River Arle, a tributary of the River Itchen. Several water mills have existed along the river with the restored […]

Knowle War Memorial

Knowle Hospital was open in 1852 as the Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum. The asylum was renamed Knowle Mental Hospital in c.1923 and following the 1948 introduction of the National Health Service Act, became Knowle Hospital. At the beginning of the 20th century, Knowle Hospital was home to over 1000 patients and staff and was a self […]

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