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Hampshire Genealogical Society has been encouraging, supporting, and successfully conducting family history research for 40 years since it was founded in 1974. It is run entirely by volunteer members who want to help you explore your family history.

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You will see some changes over the next couple of months as we gradually roll-out these modifications.  We will always try to minimise any disruption. Thanking you for your patience.  Dated 04 Nov 2014 Ref: HGS Web Team.

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Tower of London Poppies Tribute

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HGS Hampshire Baptisms Index 1842 - 1874 now available

Hampshire Baptisms Index CD 1842 - 1874

Make use of the Research Centre and our online services to search a wide range of family history resources, research, and original transcriptions dating back to the 15th century.

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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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How Many People Can You Know?

DNA and Facebook. If you go back far enough are you related to everyone and are the rest your friends?

Magazine online family history articles by HGS

Is a Family Tree a Social Network?

Most family historians enjoy a little detective work, watch this space for some more points to ponder...

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HGS Featured Articles

Portsmouth Police Gas Explosion in 1855

Portsmouth Police Gas Explosion in 1855

This account of an explosion in a Portsmouth dockyard police station in 1855 should serve as a cautionary tale of the dangers of mixing gas with a naked flame.

Hardship Cases in a Portsmouth Court

Hardship Cases in a Portsmouth Court

After the Napoleonic wars many suffered hardship that often resulted in lawbreaking and people being taken to court. William ATRELL and John CHAMBERLAIN were two such cases reported in the Hampshire Telegraph in 1817.

How Wills Can Help in Family History

How Wills Can Help in Family History

Wills are a valuable resource for family historians. See how HGS researcher Roy Montgomery used an old will to reveal new information about a Hampshire shopkeeper.

Old Newspaper Articles and Research

Old Newspaper Articles and Research

Snippets from old newspaper articles can add interesting detail to your family history project. HGS researcher Roy Montgomery shares a story he unpicked connecting Hampshire and the Anglo Boer War.

The Curtis Museum, Alton – A Local Resource

The Curtis Museum, Alton – A Local Resource

Local history museums can be a great resource for those researching their family history. The Curtis Museum in Alton Hampshire has some interesting topic material on local places and people.

Using DNA as a Tool in Family History

Using DNA as a Tool in Family History

DNA was offered as a tool to genealogists over a decade ago. Why should family historians consider having a test done and how might it further Hampshire family history research?

The History of Hampshire Genealogical Society

HGS germinated from a single advert in Portsmouth Library in October 1973. It invited all those interested in genealogy to get in touch – and they did!

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As we prepare for Christmas, let us remember those that gave so much so that we would know peace. British Army WWI '1914-1920' Medal Rolls Index Cards are free until the 31st December. Learn more her...

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As we prepare for Christmas, let us remember those that gave so much so that we would know peace. 
British Army WWI '1914-1920' Medal Rolls Index Cards are free until the 31st December. Learn more here: http://ancstry.me/1rFp6nu

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‘Earwig stops trains’ has to be one of the best newspaper headlines we've seen. It appeared in the Manchester Evening News in 1914. bit.ly/1wW83R9

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‘Earwig stops trains’ has to be one of the best newspaper headlines we've seen. It appeared in the Manchester Evening News in 1914.

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We’re thrilled to report that you can now search more than 9 million historical newspaper pages at The British Newspaper Archive. www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

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We’re thrilled to report that you can now search more than 9 million historical newspaper pages at The British Newspaper Archive.

www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

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Edward VIII abdicated on this day in 1936. Read his farewell message, as printed by the Chelmsford Chronicle:

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Edward VIII abdicated on this day in 1936. Read his farewell message, as printed by the Chelmsford Chronicle:

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New Records! Lunacy Registers and Warrants, 1846-1912. The records are packed with detail about patients and criminal lunatics – the most notorious being Aaron Kosminski, the alleged Jack the Ripper...

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New Records! Lunacy Registers and Warrants, 1846-1912. The records are packed with detail about patients and criminal lunatics – the most notorious being Aaron Kosminski, the alleged Jack the Ripper. Click here http://ancstry.me/1AVs1Ni for patient admission registers. You can also search the Criminal Warrant and entry books here: http://ancstry.me/1pqxfMA

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Medals are a precious possession in many families. Sadly, a lot of medals are lost, stolen, sold or forgotten. When one of the Ancestry team came across these medals at a car boot sale, they thought t...

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Medals are a precious possession in many families. Sadly, a lot of medals are lost, stolen, sold or forgotten. When one of the Ancestry team came across these medals at a car boot sale, they thought the right thing to do would be to try to return them to their rightful owners. 

These medals were awarded to Manfred Cressy Holmes. We know that he was born in London in 1898. His parents were Manfred Augustus Holmes & Lizzie Minnie Cressy. Manfred Cressy Holmes had two sisters, Lilian & Elsie. Please share this post and help us to return these medals to the right family.

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Findmypast’s FREE weekend. This Remembrance Weekend, we want to help everyone discover their family’s military history and bring their past to life. So, from midday 7th November to midday 10th N...

2 months ago

Findmypast’s FREE weekend. 

This Remembrance Weekend, we want to help everyone discover their family’s military history and bring their past to life. So, from midday 7th November to midday 10th November, we’ll be making our billions of records from around the world FREE to access. 

Find out more and register with Findmypast at findmypast.co.uk/freeweekend

News and Notices

HGS Research Centre Christmas Closure 2014

The HGS Research Centre in Cosham will close for Christmas from Monday 22 December 2014 and will re-open on Monday 5 January 2015.  

Latest HGS eJournal Download

The December 2014 edition of the HFH journal is now available for download via ‘HFH Quarterly Journal’ in the main menu above.

NEW Village Booklet Releases

Useful unique family history research notes for family historians published in 2014 include Preston Candover, Bentley, Silchester and Tichborne. Available for purchase and download direct from our online shop.

Hampshire Baptisms 1842 –  1874 (HCD016)

Hampshire Baptisms 1842 – 1874 (HCD016)

Hampshire Baptism Index 1842 to 1874. The complete index to baptisms from the Church of England parish registers in mainland Hampshire for the dates given. Excludes the Isle of Wight but includes the Royal Marine Artillery Church at Eastney, otherwise known as the Crinoline Church, with the registers held at The National Archive (TNA), Kew. Fully searchable, this comprehensive index is an essential tool for those researching their Hampshire ancestry. Available to purchase on CD via the Publications page.

Windows 8 CD Solutions

If using HGS CD with a Windows computer running Windows 8, you may experience difficulties with Autorun not working. We have advice on how to solve the problem.

HGS Publications by Post

If you prefer to order HGS publications by post, you can download the HGS Publications List from the website here.

HGS Members Web Login Registration

New or existing HGS Members who have not joined or renewed online, will need to register for a Login and password to access members services on this website. Please complete this form to register.

Is Your Renewal Due?

Is your HGS Subscription due for renewal? Check out how to renew your membership, the payment options available including recurring online payment, and Gift Aid.