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Family History Centre in Cosham - Hampshire Genealogical Society

Author: Lynn Eaton Published: 10th March 2012 08:43

Family history, otherwise known as Genealogy, is one of the fasted growing hobbies in the UK. I have been interested in my family history for several years. Since watching the first episode of Who Do You Think You Are on TV, I was hooked: This sent me on a quest to find out all I could about my grandparents, their parents and further generations back through the centuries. I have been fascinated by my discoveries of my ancestors' lives and the many stories that have come to light since I first started populating my family tree.

I was delighted to find that the Hampshire Genealogy Society have recently relocated to their new base in Cosham - right on my doorstep! So I gave them a ring and popped in to have a looked at the many records that they have in their research room. They were very friendly and helped me look up the births, marriages and burials of some of my ancestors who lived in the Portsea area in the 18th and 19th centuries.


The Hampshire Genealogical Society

The Hampshire Genealogical Society was founded in 1973 with the aim of encouraging family history research. The HGS is affiliated to the Federation of Family History Societies and has nearly 4,000 members worldwide. A quarterly journal, The Hampshire Family Historian, is published by the Society in June, September, December and March, which all members receive.

In September 2011 HGS office relocated to premises in Cosham. The Research centre room was made available to the public in October 2011.

The research centre is open on                   Tuesdays and Thursdays:                                   09:30 - 12:30 and 13:30 - 16:30                                 Please call first to make an appointment           023 92 7000


Latest News:

Hampshire Genealogical Society's

Open Day

To be held on: Sunday 30th September from 10am - 5pm.


Horndean Community College.

Entrance is Free - so come along and delve into your family history.

Monthly Meetings - The Portsmouth Family History Group

Meetings Programme

DateSubject - Speaker
02 April 2012Members' Evening - Sharing how we document and display our family history.
14 May 2012How the HGS Research Centre and Bookstall can help you - HGS Volunteers.
11 June 2012'You Know what Sailors are' (Merchant Naval records) - Jeanne Bunting.
02 July 2012Why do I need Family History Software? - HGS Volunteers.
06 August 2012No meeting this month.
03 September 2012'Tracking that Elusive Ancestor' Migration: Internal, Immigration and Emigration - Dr Colin R Chapman.
01 October 2012Members' Evening - Your questions answered by an HGS ‘expert' panel.
05 November 2012Researching your Army ancestor - Ken Divall.
03 December 2012Christmas Social.
Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month (except January and August) in 'The Links', Cosham Baptist Church, Havant Road, Cosham, Portsmouth PO6 2QZ. The Meeting is at 7:15 for 7:30 start.
Please Note: These are members meetings


WATCH THIS SPACE:                                                                                                                                        Coming soon - Regional Meetings programmes for other areas in Hampshire including:                  Fareham & Gosport & many others...

Click here for The Hampshire Genealogical Society website

 Here's a list of some resourses avaiable at the HGS Research Centre:


To help with individual research the HGS maintains a Research Centre, and also provides search services for the following:

For the COUNTY of HAMPSHIRE only:

  • Baptism Index 1752 - 1841 (Ongoing).
  • Marriage Index 1538 - 1837 (Male and Female), (Updated 1754 - 1837 with full date).
  • Burial Index 1538 - 1837.
  • Monumental Inscriptions Index (Churches and Burial Grounds) (Not yet complete).
  • Wills Beneficiaries Index (Not yet complete).
  • Members Interests - Published every two years, detailing the surnames of interest of paid up members.
  • Hampshire Strays Index.
  • Calendar of Prisoners in Winchester Gaol 1788 - 1847.
  • War Memorials and Roll of Honour Index (Not yet complete).
  • Photocopies/transcripts of some Hampshire Parish Registers - mainly pre-1841.
  • Hampshire Family Historian re-print service.

For the whole of England and Wales:

  • GRO Index 1837 - 1983.
  • GRO Overseas Index.
  • IGI (International Genealogical Index) 1992 Edition (includes Scotland and Ireland).
  • 1881 Census Index.
  • Members' Interests Index.

All these indexes, together with other Hampshire materials, are available in the Research Room at Cosham which is open every Tuesday and Thursday for personal research, by appointment only.


HGS publishes a variety of family history publications click here for details

Contact Details:


(please supply a self addressed stamped envelope)


Telephone (023) 92 87000

Email: research@hgs-online.org.uk

The Hampshire Genealogical Society is registered as a UK Charity No. 284744

Map of the new premises in Cosham



 What is genealogy?

Genealogy, otherwise known as Family History, is one of the fasted growing hobbies in the UK. Genealogy comes from the Greek word 'Genea' meaning 'family', and 'Logos' meaning knowledge. Genealogy is the study of a family's lineage, a dictionary describes it as "...history of the descent of families; the pedigree of a particular person or family." Historically, genealogy was important, as family connections between nobility were crucial to the idea of inheritance and the passing down of titles and rulership.

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