Research and copying

Researching your family history or a piece of local history and don’t know where to start? We can help you with all kinds of local research projects.

From self-service options to making enquiries, getting copies of certificates or other documents, or even letting our experts do the research for you, read on to find out more about the services we offer at Hampshire Archives and Local Studies.

Self service (using our website)

I want to know if you have anything on ….

Do you hold the information and/or documents I am interested in?

What to do

Check our website first:

Enquiry (asking for advice)

I need some advice on how to find out about …..?

I have searched your online catalogue/website but I can’t find what I am looking for

I have an enquiry about an event, room hire, offering documents etc

What to do

Make an enquiry asking for advice. We will respond to your enquiry within 5 working days.

Search (look up)

I’d like someone to look up something in a document, book, index or film. I can provide a document reference or description and details such as name, date, place.

What to do

Make an enquiry with details of what you would like us to look up. We will check your request and respond with an online payment link; or we will provide alternative advice.

What we will do

Once we have received payment we will respond with the information found within 5 working days.

Cost

We require payment in advance.

  • Search
  • £10
  • per look up

Certified copy (for legal or official use)

I need a baptism certificate, or certified transcript of an entry, or a certified copy of a part or whole document.

What to do

Make an enquiry providing details of the entry or document required.

What we will do

We will check your request and advise on cost and making a payment. When we have received your payment, we will send your certified copy by post within 5 working days.

Cost

We require payment in advance.

  • Baptism certificate
  • £31
  • Transcripts (short entries)
  • £20

Copy request

I want a copy of the entry or document and can provide a document reference or description and details such as name, date, place.

What to do

Make an enquiry with details of your copy request.

What we will do

We will advise you on copying options, cost, and making a payment. We will send photocopies, scans or photographs within 10 working days after we receive your payment.

Cost

We require payment in advance.

  • Postal requests (parish entries)
  • £10
  • per parish entry
  • Postal requests (wills)
  • £10
  • per will

For other documents prices start from £10 or £12, dependent on whether the document can be photocopied, scanned or must be photographed.

If an entry, such as parish registry entry, is not found no monies are refundable.

Research

I am trying to trace a person, family, house, other subject through several documents, books, or indexes. I have some idea of names, dates or places but nothing very specific. I would like copies of the main entries or documents found.

What to do

Make an enquiry with your research questions in order of priority.

What we will do

We will advise on time needed, cost, and online payment link. When we have received payment, we will send a report in listing documents searched and results found within one calendar month. If appropriate, we will send copies of the main items found but we do not provide copies of everything we find.

Cost

We require payment in advance.

  • Searches or research
  • £25
  • per hour (£25 minimum charge)

Price is for 2 hours maximum per application for the time spent researching not for the results.