Place:New Forest, Hampshire, England


NameNew Forest
Located inHampshire, England
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: Do not use New Forest as a place for genealogical events unless you have no other choice. In all eras there was a multitude of settlements within the New Forest. The settlements will be much more likely to lead to reputable sources to back up your evidence than will the region named New Forest.
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The New Forest is an area of southern England which includes one of the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed pasture land, heathland and forest in the heavily populated southeastern corner of the country. It covers southwest Hampshire and extends into southeast Wiltshire and a small part of east Dorset.

The name also refers to the New Forest National Park which has similar boundaries. Additionally, since 1974, the New Forest local government district is a subdivision of Hampshire which covers most of the Forest and some nearby areas, although it is no longer the planning authority for the National Park itself. In times past there was also a New Forest Hundred, New Forest Registration District, and New Forest Rural District. There are many villages dotted around the area, and several small towns in the Forest and around its edges.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI has a list of archive holders in Hampshire including the Hampshire Record Office, various museums in Portsmouth and Southhampton, the Isle of Wight Record Office and Archives.
  • The Hampshire Online Parish Clerk project has a large collection of transcriptions from Parish Registers across Hampshire.
  • A listing of all the Registration Districts in England and Wales since their introduction in 1837 together with tables listing the parishes that were part of each district and the time period covered, along with detailed notes on changes of parish name, mergers, etc. Do respect the copyright on this material.
  • The three-storey City Museum in Winchester covers the Iron Age and Roman periods, the Middle Ages, and the Victorian period.
  • Volumes in The Victoria County History Series are available for Hampshire through British History Online. There are three volumes and the county is covered by parishes within the old divisions of "hundreds".
A collection of maps on the A Vision of Britain through Time website illustrating the English county of Hampshire over the period 1832-1932 (the last two are expandible):
  • A group of maps of the post-1974 municipal districts or boroughs of Hampshire on Wikipedia Commons

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