Researching family history

If you are tracing your family history in Aldershot and Farnborough, there are lots of useful websites and archives available to help your search.

Guides to help you start tracing your family history

Hampshire Records Office - Getting started in family history

The Hampshire Records Office has lots of tips for beginners in genealogy and key resources to get your research started. You can search Parish records, burial records, cemetery records and wills through their website. 

Website: Hampshire Records Office

BBC website - family history

The BBC family history website has lots of information to help you get started with your research, looking for clues and organising the data you have found.

Website: BBC website- Family history

GOV.UK website - Researching family history

The GOV.UK website explains how to use the General Register Office (GRO) to research your family history.

Website: GOV.UK- Research your family history using the General Register Office

Where to find local information to help your family history research

Aldershot Military Museum

The museum has an archive, which includes maps, plans, books, letters, printed documents, and everything from local traders' invoices to a large collection of maps and plans dating from the 1890s.

The photographic collection includes postcards, albums and slides from the 1850s to the present day. You can ask for copies of photographs from the collection.

The museum holds listings of regiments and corps from 1856 to 1939 (except the First World War), which provide dates when regiments were in Aldershot, and in which barracks they were quartered. They do not have official records or information about individual soldiers, although they do hold some burial records for the Aldershot Military Cemetery.

Queens Avenue, Aldershot
Hampshire GU11 2LG
Tel: 01252 314598

Website: Aldershot Military Museum

Army Museums Ogilby Trust

For all genealogical military research, use the Army Museums Ogilby Trust (AMOT) website. The section 'ancestor tracing' provides an excellent guide and starting point for further research.

Tel/fax: 01722 332188
Website: Army Museums Ogilby Trust

Hampshire Registration Service

You can order copies of certificates for births, deaths, marriages or civil partnerships which have taken place since July 1837 in Hampshire (not including Southampton and Portsmouth).

For more details visit the Hampshire Registration Service website.

Our local registration office is in Aldershot.

Aldershot Registration Office
30 Grosvenor Road
GU11 3EB

Tel: Hampshire Registration Service 0300 555 1392
Website: Aldershot Register Office

Other useful websites

  • For births, marriages, deaths, adoptions and civil partnerships please go to the GOV.UK website
  • For census returns, wills, military records and other material go to The National Archives website
  • You can view an archived version of on the UK Government web archive website
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